Look For The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

September 18, 2023

We’ve all heard the story of young Isaac Newton’s greatest work. Sitting under a tree, an apple drops on his head, sparking his curiosity. Why did the apple fall? This thought formed the basis of his law of gravity and revealed a greater human truth: finding inspiration in the seemingly mundane.

Isaac Newton's encounter with the apple is a moment of pure serendipity. It's a story that has been told and retold in countless classrooms and textbooks.

The apple, in its simplicity, became a symbol of the ordinary world that surrounds us every day. It was an everyday object, something most of us encounter without a second thought. Yet, for Newton, it became a portal to a world of profound discovery. He didn't merely see an apple falling; he saw the elegant dance of nature's forces at play. He saw an opportunity to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Consider the world of art, for instance. Many famous artists have drawn inspiration from everyday scenes and objects. Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night" captures the beauty of a simple night sky, while Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings of flowers zoom in on the intricate details of nature's creations. These artists took the ordinary and transformed it into the extraordinary through their unique perspectives.

Inspiration can strike us at any moment, often when we least expect it. It might be a chance encounter, a casual conversation, or a quiet moment of reflection.

The key is to remain open to these moments, to cultivate our curiosity, and to see the extraordinary within the ordinary. It's about paying attention to the world, seeking patterns, and asking questions. It's about finding wonder in the everyday occurrences that we often take for granted.

In our own lives, we can apply Newton's lesson by embracing the beauty of simplicity and the potential for discovery that surrounds us. Take this as your reminder to dive headfirst into the world's beautiful messiness. Embrace the highs, lows and everything in between.

If you do, like Newton, you’ll find that the force that keeps planets in orbit is the same that brings an apple to the ground.

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