I love this picture because it reminds me to wonder more, to access the curiosity that ran unchecked as a child but got quieter as a busy adult life took over. I'm not criticizing myself or others for having busy lives – I could walk around admiring nature all day, but then my kids wouldn't get fed. Of course there has to be balance.
It's more that when I do notice something that piques my curiosity, I want to pay better attention--and for longer. It reminds me of Rick Hanson's advice in Just One Thing to stop at least once a day and be curious. He notes that even wondering at the abilities of our hands will do the trick.
But just noticing something that's weird or quirky or mysterious still falls short of bringing a little life into our day. Wondering means we sit and appreciate it. Maybe just for 30 seconds, maybe for a few minutes, the ultimate goal is that we experience the feeling of wonder.
So I'm going to wonder about this picture and the weather conditions that caused it and the person who was there at the right time to take the picture and why the lightning is pink and why I never see pink lightning. And then, with a little more life in my spirit, I'm going to feed my kids.