Around here, it is not unusual to see ATVs rolling by at the beach. The expanse of shoreline and lack of crowds make it possible to travel the shoreline this way. For a moment, the quiet of the beach might be interrupted by the passing of a driver; however, it is a moment only and I have yet to witness anything less than respect in this activity.
Wet sand lends itself to changes in texture. These tire tracks are probably gone now, washed away by the tide. If I hadn’t been paying attention, I might have missed the intricate pattern created by this brief moment.
I have a basket in my bathroom, with shampoo bottles in it. At a certain angle, the light shines through the bottles and out these tiny holes where the tin meets the wicker.
I had to photograph these cute little coloured dots.
Every now and again, I come across a line when I’m reading that just speaks to me.
In Still Writing (2013), by Dani Shaprio, there is an essay called, “Ordinary Life.” She writes about how as writers, we need to throw light on the ordinary moments to bring life to our stories.
Since the premise of this blog is about sharing the beauty of ordinary moments, I wanted to share one of her lines here:
” If I dismiss the ordinary – waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen – I may just miss my life.” (p. 123)
I truly believe that we need to appreciate the small, the mundane, the tiny details of our lives.
Life happens in these moments.
I love finding photos in unexpected places.
Like in the dryer.
When I took the lint trap out to clean it, I noticed how pretty the colours were. All these little fuzzies were caught up in a wavy line along the bottom of it, looking very much to me like abstract art.
So I grabbed my camera and spent some time photographing it from different angles before I finished doing the laundry.
It was much more fun than housework.
A little snow still hangs on, resting on brown branches. They are silhouettes against a gray backdrop.
Before the December rain melted away our Christmas-y snow, these pretty details were everywhere.
September is here. And with it, new activities, schedules, homework, packing lunches, and hectic mornings. In a small attempt to take the quiet moments of summer with me, I have compiled a list of things I have learned about appreciating the small details. With any luck, I will remember a few in the midst of rushing the kids from one commitment to the next. Here’s what I came up with:
Ten Ways to Enjoy the Little Things
1. Look for small details. There is beauty everywhere. The daisy poking through the sidewalk, the peeling paint on a door, the reflection of light in the teapot.
2. Close your eyes. Listen to every sound.
3. Pick up your pen. Write about everything, including the dust on the bookshelf and the dishes in the sink. There is a story there.
4. Go out with your camera. It helps to focus and be in the moment.
5. Be still. Stop rushing and notice the surroundings.
6. Go for a walk. Breathe deeply. Look and listen.
7. Read poetry. It celebrates the little things.
8. See the world through a child’s eyes. Everything is delightful to a toddler discovering the world.
9. Get up earlier than everyone else in the house. Listen to the quiet. Watch the sun come up. Savour the taste of coffee.
10. Turn off the computer, the tablets, the phones. What have you been missing?
It’s easy to appreciate all the pretty stuff… Gardens, sunsets, or ocean views.
More of a challenge, though, is to notice the way the sun catches the light in my daughter’s hair or the sheets snapping on the clothesline on a windy day. It requires slowing down and paying attention not just to what is happening around me, but to those tiny details that make life beautiful. My camera helps me to do this, sometimes, but I also try to look for them even when not making pictures.
I am a firm believer that there can be beauty even in a seemingly uninteresting scene.
In this blog, I will explore moments like these. Posts are intended to be brief, so you can experience them in a minute or two and maybe share some of those small details that you’ve noticed, as well.
If I’ve learned one thing in my 38 years on this incredible planet, it’s that I need to appreciate life’s little details. It’s what grounds me and what calms me. It’s what calls to me when I write. It’s also the basis of my photography (I run and Etsy shop called Sand and Petals).
Whether it’s the light through the window, the glitter in the sand, or the giggles from my children, taking a minute to wonder at little miracles is what it’s all about.
I hope you’ll join me in celebrating these minute moments.