I hope you never lose your sense of wonder

July 14, 2011

I was washing a few dishes the other night when, out of the blue, that “Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder” song popped into my head.

Or the “I Hope You Dance” song, whatever you want to call it. Know which one I’m talking about?

I wish I knew why certain songs chose certain moments to pop into our heads, you know? I mean, did I hear that one without realizing it while running past a restaurant’s open door earlier in the day? Or had I breezed over it while flipping through radio channels? Did I pass someone at a stoplight humming a few of its notes?

It’s fascinating to think about. Who knows.

Anyway, it popped into my head, and maybe because I had been evaluating my writing and my purpose a little more than usual this week, or because I was reading The Book of Awesome which celebrates the oft-overlooked, wonderful things in life, or maybe I was just in a sentimental mood, but when it popped up, it really got me thinking.

I’ve never really paid close attention to the lyrics, so I looked them up. And…oh my. If there’s ever a set of words and sentences that when put together perfectly describe my passion and what I want to inspire in others, it’s this set of lyrics.

Small joys.
Not taking life too seriously.
Blazing new trails.

It’s perfect.

Here is the version of the song I like best, Lee Ann Womack’s I Hope You Dance. The video is very year-2000, and the song is obviously meant as a love letter to her children. However! Listen to it, and perhaps think about it for yourself.

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

I hope you like it.
I hope it makes you think.
And see.

And smile.

And enjoy.

In sappy sappiness,

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