People see me with my phone pointed at something and ask what I’m looking at and when I say ‘the bird in the tree,’ they just walk away. It’s fine, it’s their choice whether to look at it or not.
Many of these pictures get posted to my Instagram account, but some don’t. Sometimes the phone can’t capture exactly what I see. I never post what I think will get liked, I post something I like and share it because someone else might like it too.
This new way of looking at things has carried over to my home life. My apartment faces the east and every morning I look at the sunrise – and I’ve taken many pictures of it because it can be breathtaking. And on the way home from work, I stopped to take a picture of some lilacs – and yes, I did stop to smell them; there is no scent comparable to lilacs.
This exercise has been relatively easy, mostly because it’s spring in Minnesota. With all the rain we’ve had recently, it’s so green and lush. If it were the middle of January, with snow on the ground and temperatures in the 5,000 below range, I’d feel differently.
What ultimately matters is that exercise is working. When I think of looking for something beautiful I’m not seeing the negatives about the job.
Funny how that works.
Below are a few of the pictures I’ve taken and posted to Instagram since the exercise started.