This Post Includes An Answer to Some Cosmic Question

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

– Ray Bradbury

A few years ago I spent a week in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. The drive up was pretty, forested and sunny. But not what I’d call breath-taking.

I got out for a run one morning, heading up the hill from the place I was staying and then veering from the road to a narrow rocky path hugging the hillside. After several minutes of pretty intense chugging, I turned a corner and found myselfstocksnap_7hepfzde50 dumbstruck.

The valley stretched out before me, the focal point being a whitewatered river snaking down through the hills, the water racing around huge boulders all the way. The forest stretched for miles, and beyond that I could see the multi-colored brownness of the plains leading to Sacramento.

The view stunned me. In part, my reaction can be attributed to the sheer beauty of what I was looking at. But then there was also the element of surprise. My little brain was ready to process something pretty.

I had not prepared it for THAT.

I laughed. I grinned. Then I continued running.

At that time, I’d just started writing lines that might roughly be construed as poetry, although I remain reluctant to say I write poetry for fear of offending her. A few lines came out of that moment, and I can’t recall what they all said, but mostly they recounted what I just told you as if I were speaking directly to God. And the piece ended with something like:

Have you been holding out on me? 

Now I’m wondering how many other moments

like this one

you’ve stashed 

all over this beautiful rock. 

The more I open myself to learning, the more I learn. And the more I learn, the more questions I have.

But every once in a while I pick up what might be called an answer to some cosmic question.

One such answer is that the more of those moments of surprising wonder I experience, the better off life tends to go for me.

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