As I sat down to write this post, I all of a sudden had a vision of Julie Andrews in my head: “Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things.” I think I need to add tiny baby toes to her lyrics too. And then, the song would be perfectly fitting to be my new theme song.
When was the last time you took a picture of your favorite things?
In life it is so easy to begin just going through the motions. Wake up. Shower. Commute. Work. Commute. Dinner. TV. Bed. Rinse. Repeat. Life becomes stale really quickly using this formula and we begin to lose sight of the details all around us. Day, months, or even years go by. And we realize something has put us in this rut. We’ve lost our sparkle. We eat the same things for dinner every week. Watch the same TV lineup. Our kids are growing bigger. The seasons keep on changing. And we have not stopped to take a breath or explore the entirety of the world around us.
Details get us out of the rut.
Details help us see creatively.
Details allow us to gain a new perspective.
When we photograph the details in our world we find beauty in the insignificant. We are able to remember the way our cats love to be nestled up in our laps – tickling our legs with their long whiskers, the mess we made in the kitchen baking cookies with our kids – flour leaving a blanket of snow across our counter tops, or the way the sun was shining dew on the grass in the morning just for us – as if it was beckoning us to be bathed in warmth.
Go photograph the details in your life right now. Regain your sparkle. Get out of the rut. And come share your new found beauty in the comments.