Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ode to Awareness

How many times have you walked past a street musician and looked the other way? Or maybe you didn't notice them at all. So often we put on our "blinders" - in a hurry to get somewhere or just not in the mood to deal with anything extra. But what if you're missing something really beautiful or special? In the hustle and bustle of life, we've all had autopilot moments, but life is too short to rush through without taking a moment to smell the roses. You might miss something really important.

Think about it.

Musician Glen Hansard was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show today, who started busking on the streets of Dublin at 13, and ended up winning an Oscar for Best Song in 2008.

Or how about Joshua Bell, one of the worlds best musicians playing his violin in a subway station for 45 minutes as part of a social experiment by The Washington Post. Hardly anyone noticed him.

Take some time today to pay attention to your surroundings - whether it be out on the hiking trail, in the shopping mall or just lounging around at home. Absorb it all before it passes you by.