Too often, I fire up the iPod and head outside for a brisk walk.
But especially now that it's spring, during the last few walks I've taken I've left the gadgetry at home.
And it's amazing what tuning your visual attention to your surroundings can do for you.
Took a photo of a daffodil on my phone.
Heard six distinct bird calls in a one-block radius of my house.
Noticed that a neighbor's weeping willow tree has gorgeous pink petaled flowers this time of year.
Saved a child's ball from rolling into the street and executing a nice little kick to lob it right back into their hands (an actual achievement, given my lack of athletic prowess).
Met some neighbors I hadn't seen in a while and chatted up their one-year-old.
Walked farther and enjoyed it more than I have in quite a while.
Now you try it. Go ahead. Unplug, walk around and see what happens. Maybe you'll notice more, too.