“Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and He gave it to me.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Summer is not just another three months of life. It is early morning sunrises, watermelon, freshly cut grass, warm starry nights, crackling bonfires, thunder, and lightening! The secret to a wonderful summer is revealed when we expect and allow our favorite things to calm a troubled spirit, restore perspective, and give a new glimpse of happiness.


What is it that YOU find “wonderful” during the summer? What takes your breath away? What hits you with such gratitude that you must stop and savor it? What “wows” you? Expect and allow those items to fill your summer days. They have the power to give you an energizing lift.

Normal life doesn’t expect wonder – it expects routine. Normal life doesn’t allow time for savoring – it allows chaos. You can change that this summer! Let this be the time when you:

  • Tune in to what makes you feel alive.
  • Claim an afternoon for yourself.
  • Sharpen your awareness of nature.
  • Dangle your feet on the edge of something.
  • Fan your flame of gratitude.


What parts of your life will change when you expect and allow wonder? All of them! When you feel wonderful, everyone around you feels better. Click the following links for some very practical tips for improving relationships around you this summer:

There you have the tips – 1) EXPECT and 2)ALLOW WONDER. The next time you hear yourself say “wonderful” I hope it has new significance for you. Have a WONDER FILLED summer!