Rion's Reflections
These Words from the Heart are a
Collection of Life Thoughts and Healing Words
by Brenda "Rion" Sewell

Treasure the Wonders

The notion of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World can be traced back to the fifth century B.C. These creations rivaled many created by nature in their size, majesty, and beauty. Six of the seven wonders no longer stand, having been destroyed by natural disaster or by humans.

Inspired by mythology, religion and art, ancient civilizations undertook these seven imposing projects from about 2700 B.C. to about 270 B.C. Only one, the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, has survived. Fires, earthquakes, conquests and the ravages of time have led to the others' demise.

These wonders have been listed as:
· Pyramids of Egypt
· Pharos of Alexandria
· Hanging Gardens of Babylon
· The Temple of Artemis
· Statue of Zeus
· Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
· The Colossus of Rhodes

In doing this research, I began to wonder what I would choose if I had to make a list of what I would consider to be the Great Wonders of the World. I had a very hard time making a decision as there were so many I thought could qualify as great wonders. So, like the Greeks, I decided to list only seven.

The sense of sight:
Without sight, we would miss the colors nature has given us to enjoy in the form of sunsets, a field of wild flowers, or the blinding flashes of lightning. We would miss out on watching colorful butterflies floating around the garden like pieces of confetti on the breeze.

The sense of touch:
Without touch, we would be denied the wonder of a newborn baby's hand clinching our finger. Without touch, we would miss the warmth brought to our body when a loved one passed by and touched our cheek. With touch, we can comfort someone when they are in despair by holding them close.

The sense of taste:
Without taste, we would be denied the sweetness of fresh strawberries picked from a vine. We would never have the pleasure of watching the expression on a toddler as he bit into his first lemon. The spicy hot flavors of Indian spices and Mexican foods would never cause us to laugh and reach for the glass of cold milk to calm the fire.

The sense of smell:
Without smell, the scent of the first brewed cup of coffee in the morning would never urge us to waken from slumber. We would never realize the subtle smell of flowers as their scents carried on the breeze to surround us in sweetness. We would never get to experience the face-wrinkling, overwhelming smell of a surprised skunk.

The sense of hearing:
If we could not hear, the wondrous cry of a newborn child would never touch our heart and we would be forever denied the beauty of music that surrounds our soul. We would never hear a loved one whisper, “I love you.” when we were in need of comfort.

The ability to love:
Without being able to love, we would be denied the joy in finding a soul mate. We would never be able to pay homage to the Creator for all that has been given to us. With love, we can help someone, who has been in denial of all that is wondrous, to heal both physically and mentally. 

Without physical balance, we would not be able to stand stationary; we could not walk, let alone run along a beach. Without mental balance, we could not enjoy life. Without spiritual balance, our inner selves would never find the tranquil peace offered to us if we but only embrace it.

Granted, these wonders are not opulent and awe inspiring, but to me, they are wonders in their own right. These wonders are miracles of life and we would do well to recognize them as such.

© May 2002 Brenda “Rion” Sewell


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