It’s a common thing for us to think “I’ll be happy when_______.”, that blank filled in by whatever it is we think will change things; retirement, wealth, a relationship, the end of some struggle. Similarly I hear a lot of people remark on wanting to start a journal on a vacation, and my advice is don’t wait. Making it a daily practice to journal gives us daily moments of quiet, awareness, stillness, and that’s reason enough. In addition, by practicing daily in unremarkable circumstances, we get over the instinct to judge whether or not something deserves entry into our book. Better to get in the habit of simply observing whatever is in front of us, and by so doing let beauty have a chance to surprise us.