I have an app on my wrist that used to tell me when to breathe.
I muted notifications. I already know how to breathe.
What the app describes as breathe though isn’t necessarily a bad idea, it’s just that the app uses a term I don’t appreciate. Taking the time to let air flow in and out of my body isn’t something I need to budget time for. It just happens.
I think it’s more important to budget time to explore.
When was the last time you noticed something normal and asked questions about it?
I did this once at the dentist (an experience I don’t necessarily enjoy) and found myself being fascinated by the multitude of specially designed tools used to create the experience that would improve my oral health. Among the things I mentally explored were the specific qualities of steel (iron & carbon mixed) in order to produce the thin metal tools used. The chair was hooked up to electrical and vacuum systems, contained foam designed during the space race of the 1960s, and X-rays developed when space was still the subject of science fiction.
A simple experience I took for granted contained a history of artifacts that combine to deliver value via oral health.
Taking the time to explore isn’t just fun. The insights can help you appreciate the world around you.
Give it a go on something that’s routine today. You don’t have to go to the dentist to see the good in the world around you.
For the record, I still don’t like going to the dentist, but I know I’ll at least find something new there that I can appreciate.