Four years ago this week, I started writing this blog. An every day practice that has been going on for over 1460 days now. Writing daily for 4 years was never the goal, the first goal was Christmas 2018. I just kept going.
The blog’s ‘birthday’ made me pause and think about the past 4 years. We’ve been through a lot in our lives. For me, and my family, we’ve been through house moves, property purchases falling through, then back on again, threats of eviction and court, a complext building project, garden restoration, starting new schools, bullying, trips that went well and those that didn’t, and of course COVID. All this and not to mention all the ups and downs of jobs, new jobs, and a whole lot of learning. And then of course, there is everything that has been going on around in our community, country, and the world.
It is a LOT.
In our fast paced lives and world, the act of noticing appears to be a lost art. And yet, the people who do tend to have a magneticism to them. There is a calmness, a groundedness that draws us in. The act of noticing is often accompanied with a sense of wonder. A wonder and the marvel of how our world, all of it, works. A wonder at the beauty of it all and the people in it. It is easy to miss it, to overlook it, especially in our busyness. But perhaps that is why we need to notice more. To practice the art of noticing.
Four years of pausing each morning to reflect has helped me notice a little more. It slows me down just a little bit to wonder more, to attempt to unpack or connect thoughts. I don’t claim to have any magneticism about yet, but perhaps one day. My hope is that there is something in these words that help you to pause, reflect, connect, or wonder. And share them with others too.
Four years is both a short and long time. If you take a moment and think of 2018, what do you notice has happened in you since then? And how does that impact who you are today?