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Everyday Wonder

I usually run the same path everyday with the girls in the Como Park area. The running group named the two mile loop the “torpedo” path – there’s a World War II monument where we start. After passing the torpedo, we run past the baseball fields, in between the zoo, mini golf course and conservatory and then back to the lake. To get additional miles, we then run around the lake one or two times. It’s kind of a habit.

The good thing is that once you get a habit established (running, writing, reading…) instead of pushing yourself to do it, you are naturally pulled to do it. Habits can also get us into an autopilot mode where we stop noticing what’s around us. We lose our peripheral vision of our world. In our focus to get from point A to point B, we miss what is right in front of us – the beauty of nature, the warmth of the sun on our face or the opportunity to help someone out who may be having a tough time and we don’t notice it.

A few weeks ago, I decided to actually go inside the conservatory that we run by every day. To take time out of my very scheduled schedule and actually pass through a place I usually pass by. I’ve lived in the Como area for almost 20 years. When we were kids, a day at the zoo and conservatory was a special occasion. While I only spent 30 minutes walking through, it was an old experience that was new again. The fragrance of the flowers and plants floated in the humid air and the vivid colors were bursting.

We can discover the everyday wonder that’s right in front of us when we start passing through time instead of merely passing by. It’s the same world, but it’s made brighter with new eyes. Open all of your senses – buy yourself flowers;  make something new for dinner and eat slowly savoring the flavors; turn off the television and listen to music; call a friend or family member and ask them how they are doing. Foster a new appreciation for the moments you are in right now instead of focusing on the next item on your “to do” list. There is wonderment all around us right now, take it in everyday.

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Park

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  1. Lynn #

    Stopped and listened to a woodpecker tapping away yesterday on my solo loop around Como. Was fun to just stop and watch the activity. Love seeing nature when I run.

    January 8, 2012
  2. Terry Moore #

    On this near spring day I couldn’t resist it. The crutches came out & the dogs & I did the short pasture loop. No woodpeckers entertained us & the paths couldn’t be described as beautiful, but the dogs found lots to entertain them, & I did too. Terry

    January 9, 2012
  3. I enjoy playing the nine different golf courses and always finding new experiences – it is never the same. But the most interesting event lately was a fox that cornered a chipmunk in a downspout of my neighbors house- i was standing in my backyard visiting with two others and hear this strange sound. Only about 30 feet away a fox had trapped the chipmunk – the fox stuck its paws in to no avail- then he stuck his head in the spout far enough to widen the opening and then could get his paws in further- he looked at us a couple of times letting us know that we should just watch and leave him alone- the poor chipmunk didn’t stand a chance since he couldn’t get up the downspout. You know the end of the story- a light meal for the fox and three people standing there watching in disbelief and wonder. Love being on the lake and seeing and appreciating all that nature brings – even if it is a little too real at times.

    January 17, 2012

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