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Have you ever witnessed a child or a young animal experience something in nature for the first time? The first time they saw snow, or played in sand or paddled in the sea?


What you witnessed is pure and exquisite wonder.


As we get older, we can sometimes forget what it is to see through the eyes of a child.

There is a fact which I will share with you which never fails to reignite that fire of wonder in me; and it may do the same for you.


The fact is:


We know roughly 4% of what the Universe and life is about.


4% of everything that exists.


Isn’t that incredible?!


As Aristotle famously said, ‘the more you know, the more you know you don’t know’.


So, what about the other 96%? Simple answer, we don’t know. This 96% is made up of 2 things which scientists call Dark Matter and Dark Energy; things which we are never likely to fully understand.


This fact used to scare me; now I feel accepting and humbled. It’s okay not to know.


If we try to keep an open heart and mind to any and all possibilities, we can invite the things that used to come so naturally to us back into our lives; curiosity, imagination, inquisitiveness, joy, awe and wonder.


And when we experience these things, we create space to grow, learn and expand our horizons. After all, ‘the horizon is only the limit of our sight.’

 

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