It began in late November. We watched a Hallmark Christmas movie. And then another. And then, well you guessed it, it became quite the habit. Or, at least, a regular part of our December evening routine. I dare to count how many of those movies we watched (in many ways, the same movie. They just change the names….but I digress). These movies are lighthearted and enjoyable to watch but, without a doubt, are made quickly. I once read they are made in fifteen days. Fifteen days??! So there are the occasional whoops…..scenes where props or hairstyles or background effects change in the middle of the scene. No biggie but it became a bit of a game for us to “spot the differences”!:) I’m actually rather good at it and have always considered myself rather observant. Someone who notices the little things or the small details. Being observant is akin to be alert and, especially helpful, is being aware so as to anticipate what might happen or what might be needed in the near future. To be prepared.
However, some of the antonyms for observant, according to Merriam Webster, are distracted, preoccupied or even oblivious. And I think, far too easily, we can go through our days distracted and preoccupied….becoming oblivious to much that takes place all around us. As we hurry through our agendas, press on with mindless chores, or become quickly lost in the cyber world, we miss not only “the little things” meant to delight and refresh our souls, but we often miss the subtle clues from those around us. The little windows into their heart that let us know of hurts, disappointments, burdens, etc that are buried there. As mamas, wives, neighbors, and genuine friends, we need to be watchful for these little things. They help us understand reactions, situations, and “what’s really going on here?” and increase our empathy and perception. Truly, they simply better connect us to those we care about and the ones we love.
There are (so) many more reasons to resist doing life on auto-pilot but these are just a few of my thoughts in five minutes. It is Five Minute Friday and, yes, today’s prompt is observant. You can read others’ ideas here. What small thing – whether a “clue” or a little joy – will you observe today??