I was issued a challenge this morning. In this blog post about Sensory Awareness and Storytelling, readers were encouraged to take two minutes every two hours to “stop and become aware of everything around you.” We were encouraged to come back at the end of the day and share our observations.
Why just comment when you can write a blog post?!
Then Came Toastmasters
Did this exercise put me in touch with parts of my world I had previously ignored? Kind of!
Every time the timer rang, at first I resented stopping my train of thought for TWO MINUTES. But the two minute periods did make me pay attention to:
How ingrained my habits have gotten; working at home, I get in a dining table/laptop rut
How desperately I want to get a handle on the general disorder of my home
How refreshing it is to go outside, even for two minutes. By 2 and 4 pm, I was making a beeline for the outdoors the second the timer went off
How accustomed I have gotten to telling my stories in pictures, as in “hey! look at my green grass.” That’s an entirely different thing than paying attention to my green grass and trying to hold its sensations in my mind’s eye
Something as small as thinking about the senses can send a group of eight people on a different two-minute trip: one where a little boy in Mexico eats a taco al pastor surrounded by the people he loves.
For that, I say operation sensory awareness led to an unqualified and utterly unexpected storytelling success!