A crystal drop of water – where did it come from – it appears to have no companions. Is it a sole survivor from an earlier rain? How beautiful it is in its perfect shape, mimicking a lovely jewel.
For me it is a reminder of perfect moments in life that go unnoticed, sadly so. The rushing, the stress, the busy-ness of our modern lives cheats us of the most significant awareness of our surroundings, our relationships.
My life on this island has changed me and given me the opportunity to become more aware of my surroundings. Writing about the things I now notice now makes up most of the content of this blog. And as I notice, I learn, not only about my surroundings but about myself and how to live in a much better way than I did in that former life environment.
I wonder as I remember my former life:
“Did I not notice the welcoming smile on a friend’s face as I sat staring at my phone?
Did I not hear the first early morning bird song as I fretfully wrote my “to do” list for the day? Did I miss the aroma of the fresh cut grass as I power-walked in the morning?
Was I not aware of the gift of that person’s sharing of a personal story as I thought about what my unsolicited advice was going to be?
This morning as I walked, mask in place, and practicing social distancing I did not miss the chance to say “Good Morning”, or “Buen Dia”, to everyone I passed. I greeted the workers on the beach by name, and they responded in kind. The ocean was calm, with the appearance of a clear tranquil pool, allowing me to see it in a different perspective and to feel its strength as a reservoir of serenity. I felt its calm, and its value of serenity.
I watched a small dog running gleefully ahead of its people entering the water with joyful leaps and I smiled and felt its gleeful energy.
I stopped to look at the tracks of the large crane who visits the beach early in the morning and who is usually invisible by the time I arrive. I have seen it only 3 times and it is a commanding sight.
I returned home filled with a sense of being fully alive. Even in this time of Covid isolation the “noticing” is a gift.
Today’s email offerings included the current newsletter from Rob Walker, the author of The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday
. The book is described on Amazon as “An imaginative, thought-provoking gift book to awaken your senses and attune them to the things that matter in your life.” Take a minute to read this current article, TAoN No. 54: Something(s) to Praise.