Last week there was a kid at market who flitted from stand to stand exclaiming, “WHOA!” at each shout of color, at each new shape. It was an excellent reminder of how awesome everything is. It’s like when you first move somewhere and are exploring your new surroundings. Everything is noteworthy and interesting until suddenly, you’re no longer a tourist in your backyard anymore and you forget to notice.
There’s a poet, Ross Gay, who wrote a book called the Book of Delights. He practices noticing by literally putting his finger in the air and saying “delight!” when he comes across something delightful. I try to remember to at least do this in my head so that I don’t get too old and crotchety and forget what that kid at market reminded me of: we’re surrounded by delight all the time! WHOA! Everything is amazing!