This is Day 9 of our 31 Days of Less and More series. To read all the posts in order, start with Day 1 and check out our overview page to see the topics for the entire month.

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“Fairy tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.” ~G.K. Chesterton

Stop right where you are and look around you.  What do you see?  Probably normal things like furniture, paper, trees, pencils, maybe even an animal or a child.  Now, pick one of those things and look at it carefully, think about its usefulness or its beauty or its intrinsic value.  How many times do you brush right past that object or person, without a second thought or glance.  If you’re like me, you take everything in your life for granted—without slowing down enough to delight in all the colors and textures of life.   We have grown old and tired and boring.  It takes SO much to wow us, to impress us, to fill us with awe.

We have lost our sense of wonder and delight.  We are dull and aloof about life; we are disinterested and indifferent or maybe our joy has been shrouded by the harshness of this life.

We have been robbed us of this child-like fascination with life in a million ways— tragedy, illness, job loss,  family strife, depression, wealth, or maybe just the piling of a hundred  humdrum days.

Life is every shade of complicated,  no doubt.  But, perhaps, part it of is that we have just grown dull.  The days are strung together  in monotone,  the stresses and busyness of life leave us exhausted, and we have lost the nerve to believe that this day is full of all the hope and mystery of heaven.  We’ve lost our curiosity and our imagination—which means we’re in danger of losing our capacity for empathy.

The cure is simple and starts in fairy land.

 The capacity for wonder and delight can be recovered by admitting we’ve been wrong.  We’ve take the world for granted.  We’ve forgotten to be inspired by the apple.  We’ve forgotten to be amazed that the sun rises every single morning.  We’ve lost the will to see the miracles that surround us every day.

G.K. Chesterton would go a step farther and say that the cure is fairy tales, for they taught us something beautiful about the world.

Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms us for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than fear.”

He goes on to say that fairy tales don’t teach us evil, we’re fully aware of that already—they teach us that evil can be overcome.  And the wonder and delight with which a child hears a fairy tale is the same wonder and delight with which we are to see the world.  Yes, the world is harsh and full of disappointment, but don’t forget about the part in the story where the dragon slayer comes and saves fairy land.  Open your eyes to the fairy tale all around you.

Day 9 Challenge:  Think of a recent disappoint you’ve experienced.  Maybe someone let you down or something you really wanted to happen didn’t.  How did you respond to the disappointment?  Did it make you want to give up or work harder.  How could you turn that disappointment into an opportunity for growth.  Next, think of the last time you did something as simple as sit down with your child to read a favorite fairy tale or watch the sunset or even star gaze with your favorite person?   Take some time today  to enjoy the miracles of everyday life. If you open your eyes to see them, they are everywhere.

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Be sure to read Ruth’s corresponding post on Less Disappointment.

We are thrilled to have Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom joining our Less & More challenge this month!  Be sure to check out her thoughts on Less Judgement, More Acceptance from  yesterday’s post!

8 comments on “31 Days of Less and More, Day 9 {More Wonder}”

  1. I’m here in the solace of the words you wrote above. I am in this place in heart and soul. Just this morning, this crispy morning, awakened early to capture a glimpse of the day before my children and husband stirred, before the dogs needed to bark at the squirrels, before any mood robbers came to grab what HE has given me…I looked around; really I did. And what I saw with my eyes and heart was a living canvas breathing new colors, new scenes, new landscapes into my sight.

    I have heard it said that we have to “lose our life to gain it”. Recently we have lost so much only to be surprised to find HE is all we ever needed.

    Thank you for your beautiful blog that has inspired me for years.

  2. There is a fantastic book/Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg. Your thoughts here align so nicely with it!

  3. I think that’s why “One Thousand Gifts” took me so long to read. I had to soak it up and absorb the truth in finding a grateful heart for the mundane.

    I want to live in awe of the wonders around me…especially the mundane wonders.

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