Grateful Geek: Watch the Traffic

You know that saying “stop and smell the roses”?

I do love it, but I think since winter is basically here and I’m a city girl, it needs to be adapted for greater relevance.

Watching traffic snake up third avenue from our freezing balcony
Watching traffic streaking up Third Avenue. Photo credit: Nisha Kumar Kulkarni.

So let’s change it to “watch the traffic.”

I mean, I hate traffic as much as the next person. (After all, I may be one of the world’s top 10 most impatient people.)

But the other evening, as I was experimenting with my DSLR on our freezing cold balcony, I couldn’t help but pause and notice how pretty traffic can be. (From a distance, of course.)

I think taking that moment to watch the traffic, to appreciate the color and movement and how its apart of the city just as much as the heart-stopping skyline, can be just as refreshing — and gorgeous — as stopping to smell the roses.

Don’t believe me? Give it a try.

This week, I’m also lovin’:

Creative sparks + an email backlog — and not beating myself up over it + photography + Alan Cumming + an encore presentation of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower and everything related to it + hot chocolate and Jello pudding + “Shark Tank” reruns + #missadventure in “The Waiting Game” + tempering perspectives + a bigger, actually better new iPhone + reconnecting with friends + impatient iMessaging while on long airport security-like queues + afternoon hang-time with my brother + giving my body room to rest and recuperate + my hubby’s happy laugh in the early morning

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