As the sun began to rise over the city, Sam was already up and dressed, preparing for another day at work. He had been working at the same job for over a decade, but lately, he had started to feel like something was missing.
As he made his way to the office, he noticed the same faces he saw every day on his commute. People rushing to work, their faces buried in their phones, oblivious to the world around them. It all felt so mundane, so routine.
But as Sam stepped off the train and onto the platform, something caught his eye. It was a piece of street art, a colorful mural that seemed to leap off the wall. For a moment, he forgot all about his daily routine and just stood there, marveling at the beauty of it.
That day, Sam made a decision. He was going to start paying more attention to the world around him, to look for beauty in the everyday. And as he went about his workday, he made a conscious effort to notice the things he had previously overlooked - the way the light streamed through the office window, the sound of laughter from a nearby park, the taste of his lunchtime sandwich.
As he left the office that day, Sam felt a newfound sense of energy and purpose. He realized that there was so much more to life than just going through the motions. And he knew that, from now on, he was going to be on the lookout for the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Mundane: lacking interest or excitement; dull
Marveling: admiring with wonder or surprise
Consciously: with awareness or intention
Overlooked: failed to notice or consider
Extraordinary: beyond what is usual or ordinary
Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
Energy: vitality and enthusiasm for life or a particular activity
Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.