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09/10/20

Value of the Month - Awe and Wonder

Many moments are pretty normal and they may be even a little dull. Are you ever asked to put out the bins? Wash up? Tidy your room? ‘OK, if I have to!’

But every now and again we need moments that are special moments. These may take our breath away, cause us to gasp. We say that ‘I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up’. Moments of awe and wonder do that and at Tadworth we want you to experience those kinds of moments in your life, through what you learn, or experience in your time here, which is why this is our value of the month.

For some, awe and wonder may be connected with a religious festival, the tranquil sense in a religious building where you know that the faithful have worshipped for centuries.

It may be through viewing different kinds of art and being involved in producing your own. Have you ever gasped at an artist’s skill? Or a sculpture that speaks so powerfully that you can’t take your eyes off it?

Have you started to appreciate music yet? Vivaldi’s four seasons maybe, or Beethoven’s 5th symphony? Or the lovely voice of Neil Diamond or Barbra Streisand?

Maybe you appreciate words: someone reading a poem or script with the right kind of tones and pace. Perhaps you are in awe of how some writers tell a story?

Have you become aware of the universe: We live on a planet called Earth that is part of our solar system which is a small part of the Milky Way Galaxy. Some scientists think there could be as many as 10 billion galaxies in the universe. Our galaxy probably contains 100 to 400 billion stars, and is about 100,000 light-years across. Wow. (If you don’t know how far a light year is – look it up!)

Our world is amazing. Have you seen a picture of an African plain full of wildebeest, or a lake full of flamingos? Maybe you have watched a documentary film and seen the slow motion of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly? According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyways. Because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.

Some things will be awe and wonder for most people – most love a waterfall, a snow-capped mountain, a bubbling brook, an eagle soaring on wind currents.

But you will find things that make you gasp. And that’s fine. Many people today have thrilling lives because they discovered awe and wonder at school and decided to explore that further. American writer, Mark Twain said: ‘The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.’ And for many experiencing awe and wonder gives them a clue.

Here’s hoping that you will experience something this month that fills you with wonder!

 

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