Familiar doesn't have to mean mundane—if you can jostle yourself out of autopilot, the everyday can be sublime.
By Antoinette Portis
Antoinette Portis, author of the children's book Not a Box—in which a rabbit transforms a bit of cardboard into everything from a mountain to a rocket ship—offers three ideas to awaken your senses and rediscover the world right around you.
Find What Your Nose Knows
Every place has its own scent, and your route through the day creates a unique symphony of smells. Tell a friend about your day using only the scents you encountered: the aromatic peaches and nutty oatmeal at the breakfast table, the hyacinths blooming along the front walk, the sharp tang of gasoline when you stopped to fill up the car.