Tuesday, August 9, 2011

beauty in the everyday

last night as i walked to my car while, i admit, texting, a man caught my eye, smiled, and said, "isn't it funny how we're all so busy doing that that we miss what's right in front of us?"  even though it clearly was not his intention to call me out -- he went on to say something charming about noticing when other people are "checking us out" -- i felt completely guilty.  i'd been caught in the act of doing the very thing i am trying to avoid!  

because i feel so rushed lately, like there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that needs doing, i have been trying to pay attention to the small, ordinary bits of beauty all around me.
here are a few bits, from recent days:

1. dew sparkling on cobwebs right outside my door

2. purple zinnias help to render manageable a stack of unopened mail

3. fresh farmers market strawberries, for their color and flavor

4. the swoopy skyline created by LACMA's Pavilion for Japanese Art 

yesterday, i really needed that reminder to look up, to pay attention.  so...what have you noticed lately?


  1. Oh PJ, what a lovely post and a great reminder! I am guilty of being oblivious most days, lol.


    Miss B.

  2. Just the reminder I've been needing; I feel as though I've been spinning my wheels--the last few weeks, especially! I need to have a look ... see what I can find ...