I was scooting down the school hallway, copies in hand, shuffling my keys to unlock my classroom when I saw her, she was standing still and looking at posters.
“Good morning,” I said quickly.
“Aren’t these neat,” she said, gesturing so that I would stop and really look. “They really are saying something.”
I have walked past these posters what feels like one million times and never taken the time to read one. As I stood there with her, reading one after the other, I felt my shoulders softening, my to-do list somehow feeling more manageable.
Yes, we teachers move fast to get things done, but this woman also had things to get done–and one of the things on her list is to notice, to notice the good stuff around us.
This small interaction changed my pace for the rest of the morning.
I was moving slower, but yet getting more done.
I noticed more, saw more things that were actually pretty cool if I took the little time to notice.
It was as if the noticing–with gratitude–had re-set my whole day to a better metronome beat.
And I’m not saying I’ve got this all figured out, far from it, but it’s something I’m working on.
So today’s challenge is to notice. Notice that pretty tree on the way home from work. Notice something about someone you live with that you haven’t taken the time to really see for awhile. Notice that picture you hung on your own wall. Why was it there again? Maybe use your camera, or just use your five senses to notice today. . . and say thanks.