Wonder struck

I am wonder struck

To feel the hand of Luck in a universe of misfortune

To be born in a time and space

free of war and and pain

subject only to the hurt that I bring upon myself

through misdeed and foolish choice

I am wonder struck

filled to the brim with liquid gold

The tree of eternity

strumming fates chords

holds me cradled within the shelter

of  flower bloomed arms

gazing out through leaf shaped eyes

that have seen the infinite

and I

I am nothing but wonder struck

to be witness to lifes glory

nothing but a witness

simply existing

in this time and space

brought to my knees

weeping

at the beauty of it all

The power of books

“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”

-George R.R. Martin

 

Books are portals through which imagination can soar through uncharted skies, skies the likes of which we who live on this floating ball called Earth can never inhabit in the flesh, but can dig our hands into through the mind of another.

One of Humanities greatest gifts to itself was the written word. We can never truly grasp how much of an effect it has had on our society, the ability to pass on information from one generation to the next, expanding our minds through the years.

When it comes to fiction, which holds a special place in my heart, I cannot even imagine what my life would be like if I had not grown up with the stories I was blessed to read.

Who would I be without Robert Jordan, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Philip Pullman and the host of other amazing authors who blessed my mind with their many worlds.

A lesser person, with much less capacity to envision other lives, other perspectives.

My ability to connect with others is so strong because I have connected with thousands of people through their stories, real and imagined.

We need more stories in this world, more inspiration, more beauty and art and wonder.

To those out there doing their best to create, keep on giving, the world needs you.

Wanting

Greed, lust, envy, wrath, pride, sloth, gluttony

I feel this need so strongly it’s as though

My skin will rupture

Spewing out all this wanting

I desperately hold within

Trapped in this shell

Reaching out to grasp eternity

Until I fall apart from the weight of it all

-Jason B

 

Words worth hearing Vol:8 Education, wonder and creativity

Wonder, that immense feeling of connection we feel when we come upon something suddenly that touches us in a way we simply cannot express in words is a profoundly healing experience.

It is an experience that many schools and places of learning have destroyed in our society. Some few places remain faithful to their creed to expand the minds of the youths under their care, but for most, it has become simply an administration that needs to pump out B and As to look good in the hopes of getting more prestige and money.

It is our generations task to rekindle that spirit of awe and inspire a new journey of discovery in a world that has been built up to put out the fire that we all hold as children.

 

When longing dies, creativity ceases. The arduous task of being a human is to balance longing and belonging so that they work with and against each other to ensure that all the potential and gifts that sleep in the clay of the heart may be awakened and realized in this one life.

-John O’donohue

To the degree that one is able to approach learning as a task of discovering something rather than “learning about” it, to that degree there will be a tendency for the child to work with the autonomy of self-reward,or, more properly, be rewarded by discovery itself.

-Jerome Bruner