To buoy your spirits, curiosity and a renewed focus on the ‘little things’ can help sustain and nourish you through even the toughest times.
When first faced with the reality of my home becoming my main place to hang, my chest tightened. Like many of us, I’m used to being out and about a lot, be it work or pleasure. Unhooked from the regular ways to engage in all of this, I had to get curious and creative. I decided to pay attention and notice the abundance around me…it’s been quite the awakening.
Notice What’s Outside
It began organically when I started noticing things around me that I previously didn’t. With my gym closed, I began working out in my driveway. It was during a recent morning workout that I heard a commotion near the foot of the drive. There, in the bird bath were several eager birds rollicking about and cleaning themselves. It was such a happy sight. From those initial moments of curiosity, I now intentionally take note of these daily avian shenanigans as it never fails to put a smile on my face.
I’m also taking time out to contemplate all the little green things in my yard. I’ve always found nature to be extremely calming. Now, whenever I need a quick pick me up, or a diversion, I’ll simply head outside and spend some quality time studying and appreciating some of the heretofore undiscovered delights that my yard has to offer. Be it the elegant shapes of the calla lilies or the brilliant orangey reds of some of the succulents, beauty abounds.
Notice What’s Inside
It’s been interesting to simply sit by a window and notice the world outside. The different types of trees, the color of the sunset reflecting off different buildings or the billowy clouds above.
In the mornings, while sipping my lifeblood of caffeine at the breakfast nook, I read up on the latest research and do my social posts. Right outside the window is a hummingbird feeder strung from a tree and it’s been a daily source of entertainment. Hummingbirds, it seems, come in a range of colors and patterns in my area…and they are feisty little creatures when protecting their food source. Good thing they’re tiny.
I’ve always been a fan of art but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve really begun to study more fully the pieces that we have. I’m also a fan of design and have been increasingly intrigued with aspects of the 100 year old house we live in. Same with some of our pieces of furniture. We are all surrounded by design, yet so much goes by us unnoticed day to day. It’s been surprisingly rewarding noticing and appreciating these elements even more.
Given the shocking news of what spews daily from some politicians, on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, comedy has become essential. I now pay much less attention to news and instead am devouring comedy. I’m feeling much better for it. Laughter, indeed is very good medicine. I’m also taking the time to read the stack of books and magazines we have. Science and fiction also seem good sources of relief for me.
It is my hope that the above illustrations encourage you to more fully engage your curiosity within your own surroundings. What brings a smile to your face or what captures your sense of wonder in your surroundings? These are the very things that will help carry you through our current times.
How will you apply your curiosity? What things in your environment, inside or out, could be paying more attention to?