Fox in our green belt. Sorry about the glare. I shot the photo through the window.

“In truth, our aliveness depends on our ability to sustain wonder: to lengthen the moments we are truly uncovered, to be still and quiet till all the elements of the earth and all the secrets of the oceans stir the aspects of life waiting within us.”

Mark Nepo

One recent morning I shuffled downstairs from my bedroom, still more asleep than awake. I opened the door to the patio just enough to allow Mija to step onto the deck for her morning sniff of air. It’s our routine and she demands nothing short of perfection. We must do this every day at approximately the same time.

I looked out and saw a fox just at the edge of our yard. My eyes sprang fully open, my heart thumped loudly.

Thank goodness the fox was concentrating on digging in the grass and didn’t see the tasty morsel that had just stepped outside.

In a move that looked like something you’d see at a dojo instead of my living room, I scooped Mija into my arms, brought her safely into the house and closed the door.

Then I took up my post at the window.

It turns out there were two foxes in the yard that morning. They snuffled around in the grass, chased each other, and tumbled again and again into a blur of spindly legs and red hair against the greenish brown backdrop. They were having a high time on that crisp late-autumn morning. So was I.

I was filled to the brim with wonder, and watched them play for at least ten minutes. I know that the urban foxes are becoming a common sight in town these days. Some people take it for granted, as if having two foxes wrestling in your yard is no big deal.

For me it remains a very big deal.

In May I wrote about the thrill of seeing the fox in our green belt for the first time. I’m proud to report that my delight is still there. I asked for more wildness in my life, and this early morning date with two foxes was just that.

A taste of the wild.

A reminder that the external civilized existence that I lead most of the time adjoins a life within me that is much wilder; much more free.

I believe it’s there in each of us, just waiting for an invitation to show itself.

So what do you say?

Let’s get wild!