Stop Being Too Busy To Take Notice Of The World Around You
“Look at those birds dancing mommy!”
We were driving on a country road, and my son pointed out a handful of blackbirds sitting on a telephone wire. There wasn’t any traffic for miles, so we sat for a few moments at the stop sign and watched. The birds were lined up in a row and the wind was blowing their tail feathers in such a way that it looked like they were performing a comedic act for us. We giggled and my son talked about their “wiggly butts.”
Eventually, the blackbirds flew away, but we enjoyed the unexpected entertainment — even just for a few moments.
The next day I was driving early in the morning. After about ten minutes of looking straight ahead at the yellow-lined asphalt, I glanced over to my right. To my surprise, the sky was lit up in hues of pinks, oranges, and purples. I thought to myself: “How did I miss this?” I was almost to my destination and had missed the skies beauty until I only had a few minutes left to enjoy it.
I reflected on these instances and realized how applicable they are to my life. When we are kids, we are full-time-noticers. We are praised for each discovery and given time to explore the world in front of us. Our minds aren’t cluttered with distractions and our time isn’t interrupted. But as we grow, life gets complicated. We want to see the dancing birds and the beautiful sunrise, but sometimes we miss it. Our path is straight before us and we put our heads down to blindly follow. We forget to look over to our right and see the beauty that was there all along.
We have the power to choose to slow down and watch the dancing birds or notice the watercolored sky.
I want to challenge you all to take notice this week. If you feel like you are stuck on a path, remember that the depth and beauty you are looking for in life may just be a few feet away — you just have to shift your perspective and choose to take notice.