Some times exciting ideas or amazing thoughts come to me while I’m in the shower, or when I’m putting on my makeup, or when I’m behind my steering wheel cruising down the road. All three places aren’t great for writing down these ideas when they come, so I usually do my best to lock them into my memory. Realistically, however, they’ve been known to escape within the hour.
But not today. Today’s thought popped in on my way to work, and it has stuck in my brain ever since.
“Be a noticer of the simple things in life.”
Is noticer even a word? Did I just make this word up? Vocabulary.com confirmed it for me… it’s a word, and no, I didn’t make it up. Whew!
noticer :: a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
Some days I find myself so consumed with the monumental-sized deadlines, commitments, and demands that I miss the simple things right in front of me. Friend, do you find yourself experiencing the same? As life continues to pick up speed, I’m desperately attempting to do what I can to slow it down. You too?
Today’s thought changed my perspective.
Now, these ideas and thoughts I’m referring to don’t come from me. No… with as much jumbled up stuff I have going on in this brain of mine, it’s a wonder I can even put a sentence together most days! Seriously, though, I believe these come straight from God, Himself. Just what I need, right when I need it most.
God knows I often miss the simple. He’s aware my schedule blurs my focus. And, He sees me running just to catch myself most days.
It’s no wonder He’s prompting me to slow my step.
To be a noticer of the simple things in life means slowing my pace to pay attention. It means moving at a pace to experience what’s simple, beautiful, wonderful.
To be a noticer of the simple things in life means perceiving what’s around me. Thoroughly tasting my food, seeing blooming flowers on my way to work, enjoying music that’s streaming through my car speakers.
To be a noticer of the simple things in life means thanking God for the blessings I once missed. A thankful heart magnifies the significance of what’s simple.
Today I slowed down to notice beautiful flowers in bloom, colorful buds and blossoms on trees, and asparagus peeking through the ground. I fully enjoyed the chocolate ice cream I treated myself to. And, the scent of the Lily of the Valley that’s growing in my garden smelled incredible as I walked by.
I was a noticer of the simple things in life today.
And, it felt great! Friend, I encourage you to be a noticer too. Slow your pace. Find what’s simple. Soak it up. Take a photo of it if you’d like. How many simple things can you notice in your day? Why not thank God for each one? If you’d care to, please share the simple things you noticed in the comment below. I’d love to read about them!
May this become a habit that we experience every day!
Thanks again for journeying through this life with me. It’s a joy to do life together!
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