In Mark Richt’s book “Make The Call“, which chronicles his college football coaching career, he included a section warning us not to become “weary of wonders”. He said:
So I kind of like how author G. K. Chesterton said it, a British writer of the twentieth century. He talked of how we become “weary of wonders”—like, how if we were to see the sun for the first time, we would think it’s the most incredible thing ever. But because we see it every day, because we’ve seen it hundreds and thousands of times, we don’t even look out the window for it in the morning. We don’t think anything about it. The sun’s up again? Big deal.
Growing weary of wonders like the sun is something we’ve likely all done, but I also try to think about smaller things that really are amazing:
- Clean water from a faucet any time I want it
- Air conditioning in the summer
- Things like my iPad, which still strike me as being amazing
You could make quite a list of “wonders” that are just second nature, but taking time to appreciate them can only serve to improve your mood and make you feel thankful for all that you have.
That reminds me of this clip of Louis CK on Conan.
Mickey Mellen says
That was amazing. I hadn’t seen it before, but it certainly fits perfectly.
On an odd side note, I clicked through your blog through your username. Your last post was July 19, 2011, and this video was published on July 20, 2011. What are the odds?
How about that. I didn’t realize there was still anything on that page.