"Wonder is my second favorite condition to be in, after love--and I sometimes wonder whether there's even a difference: maybe love is just wonder aimed at a beloved. Wonder is like grace, in that it's not a condition we grasp: wonder grasps us. We do have the freedom to elude wonder's grasp. We have the freedom to do all sorts of stupid things. By deploying cynicism, rationalism, fear, arrogance, judgmentalism, we can evade wonder nonstop, all our lives."
David James Duncan, from the essay "Wonder; Yogi; Gladly", in God Laughs and Plays
I hadn't run across any writing lately that really blew me away, until I started reading this book. And this is just the first chapter.