“In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” —Albert Schweitzer

It’s not that reaching the moon isn’t something worth pursuing. But how many moments of beauty and transcendence do we miss in the here-and-now simply because we’re not paying attention?

The pursuit of seemingly “big” and “important” accomplishments can sometimes end up blinding us to what—and who—is all around us. The flowers and trees are there. Will we see them? Our friends and neighbors and family are still nearby. Will we give them our full attention?

Because if we’re not aware of what’s already right in front of us, we miss countless opportunities for joy and wonder each and every day—opportunities that don’t require reaching the moon to experience.