Too often we overlook the beauty and value of phenomena present in everyday life. If we would look around us each day, there are things to adore and treasure. Let’s never forget to be thankful for the beauty of the natural world. We can honor the beauty of the natural world by doing things necessary to maintain and protect it. Being an environmentalist doesn’t have to be an overtly political act. While we can have honest disagreements about how to take care of our environment, there shouldn’t be anyone who is disinterested in doing things essential to preserve it.
When you’re blessed to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, take a moment to reflect on how appreciative you should be. Never take anything for granted. When we take for granted the beauty and significance of quotidian things, we’re not able to experience an authentic appreciation of those things that aren’t mundane.
K – 12 educators should work to instill in students an appreciation for the value and beauty of the quotidian. We could begin to see a greater value for natural resources and a culture of life when we start teaching people about the importance of things that are commonplace. Many of the things that we perceive as average are really far beyond average when we devote enough time to analyzing those things thoroughly.
Some people who live in large cities try to look down on those who reside in the country. While there are numerous things to value about everyday life the city, there are some naturally beautiful phenomena in the country one cannot find in the city. Those who live in the country shouldn’t feel any lesser than those who live in the city.
The Red Wheelbarrow, a poem penned by William Carlos Williams, affords us an opportunity to see the value of appreciating the quotidian when we engage in a critical analysis of this poem. On the surface, this poem appears to be boring and simply about a red wheelbarrow. When we look more closely at the poem, we are able to appreciate the labor of the workers who have constructed this red wheelbarrow, and we can also appreciate the beauty of nature.
What are some common things present in your daily life that you value and find beautiful?
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison