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Wonder

As you come to accept your current situation, you also come to realize that it’s your starting
point for moving forward. You’ll want to make sure that your feet are firmly planted before
pushing off for THERE. So you need to know where those feet are. What does your current
situation look like? Sound like? Smell like? Taste like? Who is there with you? What do they
feel like?

As we’ve said, there is a good reason you are HERE. Perhaps there is something you are
expected to learn HERE. Perhaps something, or someone, is coming HERE to meet you, and
that something or someone is a crucial element of your destiny. If your destiny is coming HERE
to meet you, does it really make sense to rush off somewhere else? Don’t you want to be HERE
to meet it?

Nobody gets handed their destiny in the form of an organized route, like you get from Google
Maps – it unfolds in small inklings. From scenes you observe. From dreams. From jealousy
even (“I wish I was more like . . .”). These intuitions may be your signposts to THERE, but you
will be having them HERE. And the first step to prepare yourself for these intuitions is to
cultivate the same sense of wonder that a little child has – as if you are seeing everything new
for the first time.

Have you ever noticed that any scene – say the scene in front of you right now – will start to
look a unfamiliar, even rather strange, if you stare at it long enough? Have you ever noticed
that a word repeated over and over will also start to sound unfamiliar and strange? This is how
wonder begins – the repetition starts to blur the left-brain symbols by which you tend to parse
everything, leaving you with an un-deconstructed whole that invites exploration on a deeper
level.

Reading and writing haiku poems is a great way practice this sense of wonder. Haiku are quite
different from ordinary English poetry. Forget the 5-7-5 business. The very best haiku are
about seeing rather than speaking, seeing deeply into the details of a scene or a situation, and
allowing the details to reveal its meaning. Here are two examples from the haiku master
Buson:

white dew –
one drop
on each thorn

tethered horse –
snow
in both stirrups

Wonder means paying attention to every detail, as well as the whole. Any one may provide you
with clues about your destiny. To cultivate this attention to detail, then, is to prepare yourself
for that destiny.