Ellen Langer says the way to live mindfully is to be on the lookout for novelty. See what’s new (new to you). Another way to think of this is to be aware of difference. Not just aware I suppose, but to seek and to delight in, difference.
There is only one field of purple near me.
I don’t know what this purple flower is, but it was the field of colour bounded on one side by a vineyard,
and on the other by a ploughed field,
which caught my eye, and you’ll notice that there are half a dozen, or less, sunflowers, standing up boldly and proudly, head and shoulders above the crop – that kind of difference appeals to me too.
If you know what these purple flowers are please say in the comments section, but whatever they are called its their difference which literally stopped me in my tracks. It’s their difference which prompted me to pull the car over on the side of the road, clamber over a ditch and take these photographs.