caring about the little things

in december i learned about the world of flickr, a photoblogging community. it’s fascinating to look around and see everyone’s photos and thereby see different aspects of people’s lives. one of the coolest parts of the flickr community is seeing different themes in some of the member’s lives. one example of this is what i would like to talk about now.

a flickr member named “micon” has decided to take a photo of every meal that he eats. his meals are amazing. not because of him making anything fancy (though some of his meals look incredibly gourmet) rather it is the presentation of his meal that impresses me so much. it would appear from his pictures that micon wants each meal that he fixes for himself to be a thing of beauty. one of his meals is titled “whatever is left in the freezer” which is just fish sticks, french fires, and garbonzo beans (i think). this is definitely nothing fancy yet look at the way he has it set up. it’s amazing.

this impresses me. i love the fact that this guy wants his meals to be a thing of beauty. too often when i fix something i just do it merely for sustenance rather than as an enjoyable moment of my day. when i come home for lunch i’ll fix myself a sandwich, eat it off of a paper towel, and eat some chips straight from the bag. it wouldn’t take much more effort to arrange my food on a plate in an appealing fashion. that little bit of effort would change the whole meal.

we don’t enjoy enough beauty in life because we don’t focus on it.

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