The Art of Creativity

Finding Hidden Gems

Ever feel like life is just a series of big moments, leaving you wondering what’s in between? Just like a photograph holds more than what first meets the eye, your daily life is brimming with hidden gems. Read on to discover how paying closer attention can make every day extraordinary.

Life can often feel like a series of snapshots. We capture moments—birthdays, graduations, or family vacations—that serve as key markers in our journey. Sometimes, thinking these “big moments” define our existence is tempting. But just like a well-taken photograph has more to offer upon closer inspection, our everyday lives are filled with hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The joy lies in taking the time to really look closer.

When you first glance at a picture, your eyes gravitate towards the main subject. It could be a person smiling, a stunning sunset, or a landmark. Your first impression tells you that you've grasped the entire scene. But if you pause and look deeper, you may find elements you didn't notice before—like a bird captured in flight or a child making a funny face at the camera. Life works the same way. We often focus on the major events or goals and miss out on the small joys that are right under our noses.

Imagine you're walking in a park. Your initial observation might highlight the trees, green grass, people jogging, or a person feeding the birds. You'd think, “Okay, it's a park. I get it.” But a new world opens up if you shift your focus and look closer. Maybe you notice the dew on the grass, the intricate details of a flower, or a ladybug on a leaf. Though seemingly insignificant, these tiny details make the experience richer and more memorable. In the same way, everyday life becomes more fulfilling when you start paying attention to the details. Whether it's the texture of your morning coffee or the smile of a passerby, these seemingly ordinary moments can brighten your day.

Observation isn't just something you do naturally; it's a skill that can be honed. Experts in any field—from chefs who can identify subtle flavors to musicians who hear intricate chords—have trained their senses to pick up on details most people miss. It's the same with everyday life. By consciously observing, you sharpen your skills and notice details you previously overlooked. It could be your child's fleeting smile, the comfort of your favorite blanket, or the serene sounds of nature outside your window.

Part of the joy of learning to observe is recognizing that the world around you is teeming with life and energy that you were previously oblivious to. For example, if you ever sit down to watch a sunset, you first notice the sun dipping below the horizon. But if you keep watching, you'll see the colors of the sky change, maybe catch the first star appearing, or notice the calm that settles over the landscape. These nuances enrich our life experiences, making each day unique and special.

Once you make it a habit to look for hidden gems, your perception of life changes. You'll notice kindness in unexpected places, find joy in the simplest things, and see familiar faces in a new light. What's more, this new approach to life doesn't just affect you; it can also positively influence those around you. Your renewed sense of wonder may inspire others to look for the beauty in their lives.

So the next time you mindlessly flip through photos or walk down a familiar path, pause for a moment. Really, look at what's in front of you. Chances are, you'll discover something new that makes that moment unique. By learning to see the little things, you unlock a new layer of richness and complexity in your life. Each day becomes a series of snapshots and a continuously unfolding story full of surprises and hidden gems. So look closer through your lens and enjoy a fuller, richer, and infinitely more interesting life.

Now go, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation through your lens.

About the author

Will Moneymaker

Will has been creating photographs and exploring his surroundings through his lens since 2000. Follow along as he shares his thoughts and adventures in photography.