An Overstuffed Chair
Lately, I've been wondering where my sense of wonder has fled. And remembering when it was almost always at the forefront of my thoughts while raising our children. Taking time everyday to see the world through their eyes - and to direct their eyes towards wonder-filled things - was challenging in the midst of daily life. But we did it - we cultivated a sense of wonder at home.
When my daughters were young - and we were fostering enough children to double the size of our own family - time was at a premium. There was very little white space in my life. And the only way for me to keep the crazy-mind-numbing busy under control was to get up earlier than everyone in the house to sit with my first cup of coffee. It was a time to think, to pray, to read - just a bit of time dedicated to quiet alone-ness. The Boss gave me a lovely, overstuffed chair and ottoman just for this purpose!
My children are grown, we are retired and our time is not so busy. And that self-preserving habit has fallen to the wayside. But, I wonder if letting go this habit of sitting quietly with the first cup of coffee of the day inhibits or undermines living with a sense of wonder? Something I need to think about with a cup of coffee - and my big chair!
Coffee breaks are meant to create white space in the midst of the day's activities and emotions!
Nonna's Coffee Breaks should give you a tidbit to think about, a good laugh, or just something to look at while you enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa.