The remarkable packed inside the familiar

Traveling to southern Utah this weekend, I took photos: the quirky rock shop, the fine sand of the dunes we walked on, the shadow my pregnant belly cast on red rock.

More photos in three days than the last three weeks—all of them worth taking.

But how many equally remarkable moments passed by me in those weeks, simply because they were familiar?

Novelty and change make attention easier to pay, which is why changing scenery can be so useful. Daily awareness takes more conscious focus, but has room for as many noteworthy moments. If I take care, I can walk through my days making meaning, finding beauty in the light through my curtains, the everyday sounds of a family coming awake, the snap of apple slice my daughter eats for breakfast.

Sometimes, the enemy to my creativity is inattention.