A few days ago, I was reminded of the importance of looking for something new each day. As my 75 pound coonhound, Leroy, pulled me down the driveway for a walk, I spotted several remarkable bursts of color out the corner of my eye. With some degree of effort, dog and human paused to take in the scene: daffodils and crocuses were blooming in the leafy mulch of a generally ignored flowerbed. Yellow, purple, and green colors announced that something different is happening!
It’s not like my visual surprise occurred in a remote corner of our lot – it’s right beside our driveway, easily visible from any front window of our home. And it’s not just that we were still in February. Many years ago I planted all sorts of bulbs in that flowerbed. I dreamed of a profusion of colorful blooms….and, year after year, all I got were green stems of daffodils which never bloomed. I stopped looking for anything of colorful interest until daylilies would bloom in summer. I learned to routinely dismiss a part of my property until summer. I stopped looking for something new.
What else can we routinely dismiss when we forget to look for something new?