Pre-2020, my schedule was unpredictable. I had a wide variety of places, people and pursuits that I would juggle into my days. Sporadically, I would slip in a walk, write in my journal or meditate. I enjoyed these activities in the moment, but they weren't a consistent part of my everyday. They seemed to be the easiest things to sacrifice in the name of getting other things done, back then.
As Covid continues to move the goal posts, we’ve adapted. Those three activities are now part of my daily habits that keep my spirits up. While the thought of going back to “normal” fades, certain things that were once unpredictable are now predictable and vice versa.
Predictably, I have mixed feelings about some of this new predictability.
I found myself wrestling with the notion of how to keep these newly beneficial habits from becoming routine. I went looking for inspiration and found it in a little blue book called The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker.
Instead of extolling the virtues of the book, I'll let these pics from my phone show how paying more attention has turned my daily walks into unpredictable joyful treasure hunts.
Yes, I squealed in delight when I found a few of these numbers! Do any of these number make you grin? Wait...don't tell me yet! I'd much rather you share that along with a picture of something hiding in plain sight in your neighbourhood. Something that this post prompted you to see.
Here's something else that's now clear to me.
The more I see, the more I see.
The more I see, the more I feel.
The more I feel, the more I wonder.
The more I wonder, the more I learn.
The more I learn, the more I understand.
The more I understand, the more I care.
The more I care, the more I think.
The more I think, the more I appreciate.
The more I appreciate, the more I smile.
The more I smile, the more I laugh.
The more I laugh, the more I love.
The more I love, the more I live.
The more I live, the more I live.
Which makes me want to take to the streets, and today, I'm in a disco state of mind.
I can hardly wait to notice what I'll see.
This version is a feast for the eyes, although not the ears admittedly. Enjoy!