The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled at random. – Heraclitus
It’s super easy to find amazing things in the beauty of a sunset or a great moment you captured on your camera. Nor is it hard to find beauty in a art museum.
In the mundane it’s a whole different type of focus and awareness. You actually have to work at it. A habit we desperately need to practice more. The inconspicuous details of everyday life are were we can find the inspiration and creativity we need to become the best version of ourselves.
I’ve recently been on a few discoveries of my own through Today at Apple at my local Apple Store. It’s taught me not just how to take great pictures with my phone’s camera, but really take a much deeper interest in the mundane around me. Some things going through my busy life I would take for granted like:
- Shapes and colors of rust on a drain pipe
- The arrangement of blades of grass
- The dents and scratches on my car as well as the point at which I remember seeing them the first time
- A group of runners preparing for a run all clumped together with anxiety and anticipation
- A group of trees growing up in the most unlikely of places
Finding beauty in the mundane requires us to slow down and be present. We have to look inward in those moments to reassess the criteria by which we decide what is beautiful and not. It requires us to focus on the here and now, not what’s on our todo list for the next few hours. We have to temporarily slow down and shift our attention just slightly.
When we do and when we can, we will find ourselves pleasantly surprised. We need that in this world we currently live in where instant gratification is at our finger tips day or night.
Here’s some questions to get you started to ask yourself when you find that space to look into the mundane:
What details are humbly beautiful in your current situation?
What is surprising about them?
What other small details do you notice?
Write down and capture in whatever medium you can that moment. One of the best things you can do once you unlock this habit is to regularly schedule sometime daily to do it. My current practice is taking 5 minutes a day, 2-3 in the AM and 2-3 in the PM, and just write down what I captured through my day. Then I do it all over again the next day. It’s provided me an incredible repository of inspiration to pull from when I need it.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the beginning of your week, and I hope you find the time to be in your moments more. I think you will be surprised at what you see and feel. Especially in others around you.