If you’re anything like me, you pretty much suck at noticing your surroundings. Any time my wife makes a change to something within our home (a new wall hanging, rearranged furniture, a different brand of toothpaste even), it usually requires her pointing it out to me. Let’s just say I’ve missed my share of “Your new do looks great, honey!” opportunities.
This curse especially makes itself known when I’m trying to locate a specific item around the house – by the way, why does it seem we husbands have a disproportionate amount of trouble with this? I could be looking for cream or sugar for my coffee. Maybe it’s a certain pair of socks. Maybe it’s the milk (probably in the refrigerator). Whatever it is I’m trying to find, more often than not, it’s right in front of me. My brain, for some reason, just doesn’t see it.
I have to admit that, as I’ve grown older, I can sometimes allow this blinders-on mentality to creep into my relationships. If I’m not making a concerted effort to pay attention, needs I should be meeting, or at least helping to meet, can go completely ignored. And that’s certainly not a habit I want to see get a strong-hold in my life.
I couldn’t help but laugh just a little then, albeit nervously, when I realized the subject matter of the new book The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective; a book I’ve agreed to review in time for it’s release on Tuesday.
I’m especially intrigued though by a campaign the publishers are referring to as The Noticer Project. The site describes the project, in conjunction with the book, as “a worldwide movement to ‘notice’ the 5 most influential people in your life.” The description goes on to say, “Noticing those five people is meant to encourage us to step outside our busy schedules and avoid waiting until a wedding, graduation or even a funeral to take notice of the special, influential people in our lives.” How wonderful is that?
I’ll post my review of The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective tomorrow. In the meantime, you can enjoy this special video. It includes several in-character excerpts from the book itself.