Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday musings

A couple of weeks ago I decided to follow Amy’s advice and to take a short walk while observing the wonderful, everyday things around me. I grabbed my camera and notebook and headed out the door.

A happy start to the day

When I set out on this brief jaunt, I was very intentional in my plan to pause, look and listen. What I learned is that we miss so much by being in a hurry. I’m the worst offender of all-- always scurrying to the next activity, trying to stick to a plan or a schedule. On this day I allowed myself to walk slowly, to photography ordinary objects, and to enjoy the moment.

Tree swing

After reaching my destination (the local bagel shop), I jotted some brief notes to help me remember those simple blessings. Enjoying the buttery crunch of a bagel; people watching; appreciating the charming design of my apple juice bottle. Noticing the high, thin clouds overhead; the lower humidity; the tree swing next door. All of these would be missed if I’d traveled by car or was too hassled or hurried to care.

So I pass the challenge along to you. Be sure to read Amy’s post, then set out on your own adventure. And I’d love to hear about it if you do!


hrsj said...

I realized the same thing the other day. I've been walking to the post office lately instead of driving and I thought to myself, 'you know, if i was driving i wouldn't be enjoying this beautiful day nearly as much'!

here's to more noticing...

La Cabeza Grande said...

What a great idea, Leslie! I've been going on a weekly photo safari. It really does open your eyes to what's around you.