The view from my front porch, from the fires.
Today Mr. Science Teacher talked about observation. The discussion lasted all period long, and we were told that seeing and observing were two totally different things. He asked this question: do you see, or do you observe?
We copied down examples-- questions like how many steps there are on the stairs in the front of the school (15), and what color is his coffee cup (silver with black writing). Other notes included what an observation is versus an inference. We stopped taking notes there but continued with a class conversation.
Mr. Science Teacher asked a question-- how many of you go about your day seeing, but not observing?
Some people in the class mumbled out words that sounded a lot like "I do", while others just sat there and thought. He said that most people just go about their day seeing things rather than observing them and really looking closely.
He asked if any of us if we had seen a scratch on one of the poles next to his room. Most of us shook our head no, and he proposed a challenge to us.
He told us all, "I would like it if you all went about your day and instead of seeing, observe. And who knows? You might see something you did not notice before."
I left the classroom on a mission, to notice something I didn't. While in The Math Teacher's classroom for lunch, I noticed our mountains. They were clouded with smoke, and they looked overcast. However, I noticed something among them.
There was a mountain there that I had never noticed. The Science teacher was right, when you actually open your eyes and look all around you-- you notice so much more.
Try it, just for one day.
I dare you.