The eternal benefits of noticing all that’s around you.

Don’t look.

That’s right, don’t turn round.

Behind you, however.

What’s behind you?


Now, I’m taking a chance that you’re reading this in the same place you usually read your emails.

Maybe not, of course, but if you’re like me you’re possibly a creature of habit, which suggests that you’re pretty familiar with your current surroundings.

You are? Thought as much.

So, what is behind you?

(Again, no looking.)

Perhaps it’s just a wall – but what colour is it, and what if anything covers it?

Or maybe there’s furniture of some kind?

What does it look like? What might be stacked on it?

There again, it could be that there’s a person (or people) behind you.

What are they doing?

What are they wearing?

The point is, we regularly go about our day oblivious to the world around us.

When we’re in the old familiar places, how often do we stop to take things in?

When we’re somewhere new, do we look about us, or just breeze through with eyes fixed ahead?

If you wanted a hospital patient to recover more quickly, would you give them a bed whose window looked out on a brick wall, or one with an ever-changing view?

The latter, I suspect.

The thing is, taking proper notice of the world around you is a sure-fire way of adding to your overall wellbeing, and it’s there in front of you (and behind you, too) right now.

So, go on, take a look – then why not carry on doing so as the day progresses?

Think of it as free medicine with no side-effects.

3 thoughts on “The eternal benefits of noticing all that’s around you.

  1. Oh! Jon my mind went immediately to a friend, no longer with us who was in hospital having treatment (the name excapes me) we visited and had to sit behind a panel because of the radiation, but there was only one smallish window that looked out on “yes” a brick wall, i was horrified. He was the kind of man that didn’t let things get him down, (well never appeared to, always up beat) I don’t know how I would have coped in that situation, he couldn’t go out of the room, lots of things he wasn’t allowed to do! if I remember a last resort kind of treatment, sadly he passed away, left a lasting impression.
    He could speak several languages, had been a lecturer at a universary, I often thought it’s such a waste that a brain dies with all that knowledge, I suppose one day someone will find a way of housing it, oh! that’s spooky.
    If I look behind me, I’m at the computer in the kitchen, yes a brick wall is behind me, with a radiator, but I can look out of the window at the sunrise, not today it’s high winds and rain, but a promise of better later, followed by more winds and rain, life is always changing. Thank goodness I’m feeling upbeat at the moment, trying to think to the future, I have been blessed with three little grandchildren, they are starting off where everything is new needing to be explored, so perhaps if I try to see through their eyes for a change, and not my doubting everything.
    Bye for now keep smiling Jon, things can only get better surely.

  2. This is a great reminder especially in this day and age where so many of us walk around with our blinders on – in the form of cell phones or head phones and seldom notice the people around us ! As a smaller person I have noticed I get bumped into more often and have to duck and weave down the sidewalk to avoid being flattened!
    One of my favourite activities when travelling or at home is to sit at an outdoor cafe and just observe the flow of people. It’s a fascinating world if we take a moment to just look around !

  3. Oops i thought the little window was just behind me but now that I have looked it is a good metre away, also couldn’t remember which vases were there…..! Shame on me.

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