|Cherry Blossom Buds|
The blooms won't last long. The fleeting nature of cherry blossoms makes us that much more attentive to them. We delight differently in a bloom like this.
We pay close attention.
It's a reminder today that things change quickly, and I miss the beauty of so much by simply not paying attention.
Why is it so hard to pay attention? Why can I walk by a house for two years and just this morning notice the beautiful pattern in the roofing? Lately, I've become aware of how much I'm missing.
I carry my camera everywhere now. Just in case. I'm training my eye to see, and I'm training my heart to pay attention to every gesture of God--every message and allegory--in this day. Today, it's a cherry blossom bud. Pay attention, it cries out. There's something to notice today, and it might be gone tomorrow.
Journal: How can I train myself to pay attention?