Share Something New Challenge . . .
“A great thought begins by seeing something differently, with a shift of the mind’s eye.” ~ Albert Einstein
There is something special about “new” things that can raise your spirits, add excitement to your life, make memories, make you feel more alive and inspire you. Think about how “new” feels …. the excitement of driving a new car (even if it is only for a test drive), meeting new people, attending a new event, a new coffee shop, a new hiking trail, a new haircut, listening to new music, tasting a new kind of chocolate perhaps 😉 … or finding a new wild flower like this one, maybe?
I have lived in Northern Minnesota for most of my life and if I ever saw this flower growing wild in the woods before, it never registered with me until this week. I don’t remember ever seeing them. I am known to stop for many things while I am driving down the country roads .. usually to take a photo, watch an animal, or even pick berries. The brightness of these orange colored flowers caught my eye immediately and as soon as I slowed down enough to realize that they were not the common Indian Paintbrushes, I was stopped and down in the ditch with my camera (amidst the bugs) taking pictures in the wind (sorry for the blurs). These are wood lilies (I looked them up when I got home). Unlike the lady slippers in a recent post, these can be picked (I only took 3 home to enjoy 😉 ).
“See any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
New out of the ordinary and off the beaten path shops were also a part of my week. A craft shop with locally made things (where I found a New little star candle holder and battery operated wax candle to put in it – not that I needed more “stuff”), a very small coffee shop with a “mom’s” lunch menu (3 special items for the day) and homemade pies (the wild rice quiche was heavenly), and an antique shop with sidewalk cafe (Italian sodas and homemade goodies) … These places were all in a small city/town that I visit all the time. However, they are places I don’t usually see as I am too busy running errands and don’t take the time to explore the little corners of the town, the little shops and try new things.
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
New things … newness … can inspire you in a variety of ways. This week’s newness has inspired me to slowdown and explore the unknown more. I am looking more closely at the details, I am looking in unseen corners of my little world and I would like to challenge you to do the same.
A challenge post:
I challenge you to look around this week for something “new”. Take some time to slow down and look around your world more closely. Venture into an out-of-the-way place in an area you are familiar with but never visit, look more closely at something you pass by every day but never really “see”, try something new, do something new … and in a “new” post, share your new thing with us and tell us how it made you feel. How did this “new” thing put a little life into your life this week!
Simply provide a link to your post in your comment and we will all come and visit your newly found “new” thing …
“To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower; to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour–is inspiration.” ~ William Blake
If you would like to see more of Minnesota’s Wildflowers that growing this first week of July, check out my recent posts at BEAR IN SIGHT (my photography blog):