The Art and the Act of Noticing

My past messages to you have been around the concept of NoticingNoticing one’s life always has an outcome.  Sometimes it can be a passive outcome where it can initiate thought and sometimes it can be an active outcome where it can trigger change.  It can be defined as the actof noticing or the art of noticing?  Sometimes, both exist in tandem.  The act is about our need to have a call-to-action so that we can be in touch and engaged with our surroundings. . . with our life.  It is what makes us vital, vibrant and dynamic.

The art of noticing is about how we can be transformed or transported by what we notice. Noticing can describe and translate the state of being we enjoy as a result of it?  It can make us more alert, more creative, more focused, more appreciative, more loving, and more patient, to name a few?

Noticing can show up as the most obvious or the most understated and discreet.  I experienced the latter recently during my morning run.  As I entered the familiar riverside park I frequented for many years, I noticed a sign, close to the ground, off to the side of the entrance road.  It read, “Thank you so much for reading this nonsense.  Enjoy.”  It was signed, The Artist.  It was stained and tarnished, quite faded by years of inclement weather.  But where was the nonsensical writing or art piece it was drawing my attention to?  I could find nothing.  If it had been there in previous years clearly I had missed it?  But perhaps it was only recently placed there as an oddity unto itself, stirring curiosity, chuckling in its inanimate way saying, “Hey you! Notice me. . . I dare you!”

My outcome for noticing this message was both an artand an act.  The artful aspect elicited a feeling of wonderment, a sense of humour, entertainment, questioning, specialness and curiosity. My imagination wove a story beyond the realm of plausibility.  But that was the whole point; the wonderfully artful aspect of noticing is to transport one out of the ordinary and mundane.  Finding this plaque stimulated my creative thoughts and I was pumped to launch into my day’s work.

But it didn’t stop there.

My outcome went well beyond that for this art of noticing lead me to an act.  It seemed to stimulate my running. . . I ran farther, faster and with greater enjoyment.  When I arrived home I was highly motivated to journal about my finding and inspired to move into my own work tasks with enthusiasm.

Living and thriving happens when we are in synchrony with all aspects of our daily life.  It’s when they ebb and flow with one another that we truly experience light-hearted bliss and harmony.

What have you noticed today, which will catapult you towards inspiration and powerful action?  Take time toNotice Your Life and all that resonates within it.

If you didn’t have a chance to complete your complimentary Personal Daily Practice form titledInitiating the Art and the Act of Noticing, offered in my previous newsletter, I invite you to do so now. Begin to heighten your awareness around noticing

About Vivian Hitchman

Vivian is Founder and President of Lifework Coaching Inc., a company that specializes in Personal Coaching and Professional Development.

Vivian HitchmanHer coaching philosophy of “learning by doing” evolved out of her commitment to adventure, athleticism, and an interest in understanding human behaviour.

Through one on one coaching, connecting with the outdoors, self-awareness exercises, and assessment tools, she coaches corporate teams and individuals of all ages to realize their potential and translate their learning into effective personal and team strategies.

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