How much attention do we usually pay to our surroundings?
When we are rushing, trying to cram some more into our days to check a few more items off our ever-growing list of important things to do, I doubt we can afford the luxury of slowing down to smell the roses. And this mad rush takes its toll on our minds, bodies, and relationships. It does not get better unless we take the time and make the effort to do so.
Of course there are many ways of slowing down just a little. Meditation. Yoga. Coloring. Taking pictures. In Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: A Journal, the author Jorey Hurley speaks of noticing the beautiful, the quirky, the surprising, and the overlooked bits of an ordinary day and making it into a daily ritual to celebrate them. She does it through her amazing illustrations and offers the readers with simple prompts such as, 'something that flies', 'the first thing you do when you wake up,' etc. The journal format of the book lets you work in the book itself. It makes you focus on the day that you already had and find a nugget of joy in it.
I loved how the author puts it: "It’s kind of like alchemy: Take the lead of everyday life and turn a tiny bit of it into gold. Not that there isn’t still a lot of lead, but it’s a powerful feeling to pluck out a few flecks every day. You’ve got to have your eyes peeled for a little sparkle all the time, but once you start looking, you’ll see it everywhere."
I would recommend this book to anyone who cares to slow down!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.