In this modern time of super-productivity, super-connectivity, overstimulation, and over-saturation, we can easily slack off on the art of noticing.
I was recently given a thin piece of plastic called a “viewfinder” with the suggestion that I use it for a contemplation exercise. The assignment is simple: Hold the viewfinder up to absolutely anything (even a blank wall) and take time to notice what you see within its tiny rectangle. By letting the larger view go so as to focus upon the smaller perspective, a whole detailed world opens up.
Someone told me once that an ancient definition of human is “one who notices.” Perhaps we modern humans need encouragement to do more noticing? So, to the modern humans out there (myself included), consider yourself encouraged.