Recently I saw an official sign nailed to a post with the word NOTICE in bold black letters with the message written below.
All of us have seen this same type of sign numerous times in our lives. But this time, the word NOTICE jumped out at me and resonated over the past few days.
Because in some ways, to notice is really the key to relationships, to work, to life.
There’s an art to noticing I believe but one we can all perfect. Most of us can’t help but notice the big things, the joyous moments, the saddest moments, the loud explosions, the annoying frustrations.
But it is the smallest things that we notice that often make a difference.
It’s noticing the expressions on your child’s face, the happy ones, the sad, the pensive, the scared, the reluctant. It’s noticing the shy mom at your next group gathering, your own personal responses/reactions, your needs. Its noticing the “sweet nothing” moments with your loved ones. Its noticing nature in all its glory. Its noticing plenty and when you have enough. Its noticing comfort and satisfaction.
This week on 4th of July, as fireworks explode and light up the sky, we’ll ooh and aah and notice for sure.
But then try posting your own NOTICE sign in bold letters on your refrigerator door and pay attention to your own quiet reasons to ooh and aah.
It will be amazing.