Be Amazed

Last Sunday, I shared that my personal definition of spiritual involves me paying attention to what is around me, and not taking anything for granted. Often, the outcome of that is being amazed at something I’m looking at, or experiencing.

In a poem titled “Sometimes,” the poet Mary Oliver writes:

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

I think, especially for we Unitarian Universalists, this speaks to our relationship with Spirit. No matter whether we draw wisdom from Christianity, Humanism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism, etc, there is something, an ethos, that says “No matter the mysteries that may or may not be true, life itself is miraculous, and all of creation is a source of awe.”

So what is your definition of Spirit? What do you find spiritual? (This isn’t rhetorical – I’d love to know. Drop me a line at

Mary Oliver says in another poem:

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

This week, as we get what the meteorologists are promising, PROMISING is a real-life cool front, I hope you are able to be married to amazement, filled with awe at the world around you.