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Our days fly by in a blur. We stay so busy—and yet can hardly remember what happened a week ago. And before we know it, we wonder where the years have gone.

Maybe that’s a good reason to pause once in a while and just look a little harder and a little more deeply at the life going on around us—the people, the problems, the situations.

Who are these people? What’s this all about? What matters?

The French philosopher, Teilhard de Chardin said,

“The whole of life lies in the verb to see.”

Do you think that’s true? Can seeing—just seeing—make a difference?

Expanding on this idea, Hellen Keller said,

“I who am blind can give one hint to those who see—one admonition to those who would make the full use of sight: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind. And the same method can be applied to the other senses. Hear the music of voices, the song of a bird, the mighty strains of an orchestra, as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow. Touch each object you want to touch as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail. Smell the perfume of flowers, taste with relish each morsel, as if tomorrow you could never smell and taste again. Make the most of every sense.”

So here are five things you can do today…

You can look. You can listen. You can touch. You can smell. You can taste.