a-ma-zing :: adjective, causing surprise or sudden wonder.
Is this a loosely used term? Personally, I find quite a few things in each day amazing and I don't think I use it to-o much. Frankly, the fact that we even exist is amazing to me. Did you know an asteroid missed us by a mere 8,900 miles on Tuesday? That's about the same distance as a flight from Ottawa to New Zealand.! The bicycle, a dragon fly's wings, the aurora borealis, the curious case of benjamin button. I am still amazed that I have been a parent for seven years, to a life-form, a future adult, that I am in charge of providing a decent foundation for! The internet! How about that? I used to think it was amazing, millions of networked computers, sharing bits and bytes that blossomed into useful tools and visual wonders.
When I first logged on (remember that sound of the modem?), utter amazement , but now, it's not as wonderous, as it has become everyday tool for me. But as a techie of sorts, I teach someone how to use or fix their internet or their computer, or their iphone, and they will mouth that word....
...People say it to my face, and behind my back (you know who you are, I've been told!) as a compliment, for my work, in my play, what I coach, what I teach and to be honest, I don't always know what the appropriate response is. I think I'm ordinary. I'm in my mid-forties, and in those years, I have done alot of stuff, and seen alot of things, but I still endeavour to learn something new everyday, and, in my opinion, my footprint is tiny on this planet (no BIG FEET jokes, please!). I get that people find what I do amazing, and it's only because they don't do it themselves (yet!) .. Put me beside a painter, a music maker, a farmer, a sensei, a yogi, a doctor, an olympic medallist, a duck carver, a helmet-cover maker, a groomer, a fundraiser, a realtor, a tireless volunteer, an elementary school teacher, a police officer, a baker, a cancer survivor, an animal activist, a stay at home parent or grandparent (imagine twins!)...and those are just a handful of the people I respect who do amazing things and who make a real, definitive, impact on lives, including mine.
I guess my point is that we find amazing things in each other, along with our own individual moments of nature's marvellous gifts. I respect alot of people in my life. I find who you are and what you do, and how you live :: amazing. The fact that I get to walk among you .. and have earned your compliment .. uh-mey-zing!
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