Many people look at a path, or a stream or river, or stand on at a shoreline and say to themselves, “I wonder where that leads or ends or what is out there. There is a sometimes inescapable urge to look, then go see that much of the animal kingdom feels and, for the most part, can indulge at least some of the time. This is not restricted to physical journeys but can encompass journeys of the mind and emotions. These wonderings can take you to exciting and wonderful places, but they can also take you to difficult and possibly dangerous ones. It is a key element to exploring to proceed with thought and with caution rather than to abandon all sense of preserving safety and your purpose. This does not mean these explorations should not be undertaken, only that one should go forward at all times with eyes open and with contingency plans.
And when a journey is completed you will find you’re not through with it at all, for once you’ve turned that corner or mounted that hill or crossed that strait you’ll find there is always more to wonder about. Wondering about things is what keeps us moving and thus, keeps us living. Without wondering or curiosity about what is coming next or what can be done with that we have no incentive to keep on keeping on. Once we’ve developed our capacity for wondering we can take on challenges small and large that most probably will be fulfilling in large and small ways. Do you believe wondering is a necessity?