As minutes, hours, and days go by, we can easily begin to take things for granted and miss moments that could fill our dash with amazing sights and sounds. Maybe it’s because I have entered the fourth quarter of my life, but I seem to be experiencing a heightened sense of awareness to simple, everyday events.

Helen Keller reminds us that:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.”

A way we can do this is to notice things through the eyes of a beginner.

While celebrating my granddaughter Caroline’s 20th birthday, we drove to a special place on the island of Chappaquiddick to watch the sunset.

This week I heard two squirrels chasing each other around the tree outside my bedroom window.

I noticed the brilliant color of the flowers in my neighbor’s yard.

I was touched by a mother tenderly holding her baby.

By noticing these experiences, they are now stored in my dash.

  • I can see that sunset even on a cloudy day.
  • I will be able to see those brilliant flowers even when my neighbor’s yard is covered in snow this winter.
  • I will be able to hear those squirrels even when they aren’t scampering around the tree.
  • I will be able to experience the tenderness of that mother and child even when I am alone.


Noticing lets those things we are experiencing live in our hearts. Take a moment at the end of each day this week to notice what is taking place in your world. By doing so, you will fill your dash.

From our team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…who remind me to notice.

Paul Bernabei
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