Thursday, January 27, 2011
Mad with joy
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." --Iris Murdoch, author (1919-1999)
I often wonder how people can do this. . .
. . .to this planet of wonder and beauty. We live on a miracle in the universe. If I imagine a world without flowers, I feel empty. It amazes me that something whose purpose is to propagate and, in doing so feed other lifeforms, can also be so dazzling. How did we get so lucky?
Here. I'll spread a little mad joy and wonder. Just because.
I've got an idea. *light bulbs bursting*
I think I'll start a small journal that's just for noticing a wonder in my personal universe. It could be as simple as observing the veins in a leaf or watching the moon rise.
It's not that I don't see these things regularly. That's why I write haiku. Still, I'd like to make a point of seeking out what makes this a world worth praise and passion.
I hope this doesn't sound googly-eyed or preachy. I simply believe we can make
our world better by seeing it for what it already is and glorying in that.
That brings me to the lovely Julie Dao who bestowed upon me the Happy Blogger Award. This award is about blogs that make you feel good when you visit. I feel that way about Julie's site, which is filled with fantasy and gorgeous music. I always want to pull up a chair and stay awhile. I also second the other bloggers she named, many of whom are my favorite hangouts.
Since I should add more (and this is impossible always), here are few bloggers who make me smile on a regular basis.
Karen Amanda Hooper
Carolina Valdez Miller