The Art of Noticing
Updated: Jun 28, 2020
“Every day is filled with opportunities to be amazed, surprised, enthralled—to experience the enchanting everyday. To stay eager. To be, in a word, alive.” The Art of Noticing, Rob Walker
Reading Rob Walker's book The Art of Noticing, I'm inspired to pay attention this week. This morning as I sat with my coffee, I noticed how this little gnome was sitting in a shaft of sunlight and I decided to take a picture.
In If You Give A Mouse a Cookie fashion, once I took the picture, I noticed the dust. And immediately wanted to clean it. Which brought my attention to the way, for me, noticing leads to the desire to "fix." The gnome seems content. What would it feel like to sit contentedly for a few minutes with the gnome in the sun and the dust?
"The problem is acceptance, which is something we're taught not to do. We're taught to improve uncomfortable situations, to change things, alleviate unpleasant feelings. But if you accept the reality that you have been given ... you free yourself to begin filling up again." Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott