Each of us has a distinct palette of colors, textures, and materials that we are innately drawn to but have forgotten in response to an overabundance of synthetic materials that eradicate imperfections. Objects formed from primary materials like wood, leather, and clay offer dynamic visual and haptic experiences that reawaken our awareness of color, texture, and composition. When we take a moment to notice the unique combination of these elements in an object, we can pinpoint which ones we feel drawn to and why. In this way, making time to investigate and appreciate everyday objects affords us the opportunity to consciously connect with ourselves, the outside world, and life itself.

Appreciating and evaluating everyday objects can cultivate connection with others. When we interact with man-made objects formed from natural materials, we can find clues that infer that one material was shaped into the finished product that we now hold. It is in those moments that we understand someone shaped that object; we understand that we are connected to another human through this piece. It is worth mentioning that diligently practicing object-appraisal increases the chances of finding a creator that consistently appeals to one's unique palette, no different than having a favorite chef, restaurant, painter, or musician. 

Intimately interacting with everyday objects by slowing down to observe them is a key practice for living a life of intention and gratitude. We appreciate what makes something, someone, or some experience special. We are more likely to be thoughtful of objects and the environment around us. Making time to investigate and appreciate everyday objects affords us the opportunity to live wholeheartedly.

February 12, 2023 — Marcello Ortega