Here in the Netherlands we have a long list of television channels from around Europe. From the United kingdom we get TV channels BBC1 and BBC2 and you can get ITV and other BBC channels if you subscribe to one of the more expensive digital packages.
Via the BBC I’ve heard a word that I don’t ever use myself but the hearing of which always gives me a feeling between “that’s funny” and ‘are you serious? What a stupid word“… and it’s a word (as far as I can make out) to describe something a reaction to something unbelievable.
So in this post I will use this word for the very first time to describe how I felt when I entered Canterbury Cathedral and looked up… …Gobsmacked.
I’m not known for having a head for heights, so I’m totally
in awe gobsmacked by the workers who built this.
There is something that in this building that instantly reminds me that I am but a tiny fragment of flesh and blood, here for only an instant in the time-scale of eternity. If the creators of this building intended to make people who entered feel humble, then at least with me they succeeded. The ceilings may be plainer than some other churches and cathedrals but they are still mesmerizing beautiful in their simple, pure curves. the tall, slender columns lead the eye skywards, and your brain ties to fathom how such an amazing piece of architecture was possible with the tools available nine hundred years ago.
There are even ever increasing “levels” of lofty ceilings in this place… I’m seriously gobsmacked.
These days we think we’ve “achieved” something when we master a small task… But these builders, with dedication to a vision of completion that spanned generations and who reached to the heavens with their building skills are the real ones who had “lofty ambitions”… and were the real gobsmackingly High Achievers.