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By J. M. Hawkins and Geoffery Moore

Dear Soul,

I wonder what the next step is.

Dear Life,

You are correct—wonder is the next step. Go big our stay home. Take everything you’ve got with you today—take your whole self—and then add something extra: stay open to wonder.

Dear Soul,

Wonder? To be honest, I wonder how that can help me survive and get ahead. Life feels more like a hardhat area to me than a place for wonder.

Dear Life,

You’re not wrong about life being a hardhat area. I’ve noticed that you’ve gotten good at using the pickaxe of your persistence and the wrench of your wit. You probably think of your mind as the ultimate toolbox and wonder why the world isn’t more fixable.

But let me gently remind you: Don’t forget the hammer of your humility. You may need it to get your toolbox shut!

And that’s important, because you’ll need a quiet mind to be open to wonder. And without wonder, without a sense of mystery and awe and richness, you will one day end up wondering what this was all about!

But I’m betting on you. I’m betting that one day you’ll be one of those people who walks among mysteries, a person who dares to live in this world with a brave heart but also a heart of wonder.

Today, I’ll be strong but open to the mysteries—the wonders—that are revealed through vulnerability, brokenness—even weakness. I’ll combine my gifts and my wounds to be a real human being.

*The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are adapted and used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the Life That Loves to Happen seminars with Landon Saunders.