defined: microscopes.

I don’t know exactly how to tell you this, but you’re living on a speck.
— Horton

Isn't it crazy to think there is a world that exists, lives, thrives and our eyes can't even see it?! The littlest of things living the real life version of Horton Hears a Who! A mere speck of dust still hundreds of times larger in comparison. Small, but mighty. These microorganisms are not to be underestimated. They create life, and they destroy it. Sight unseen, they continuously shape the world in which we live. The microscopic can do more than flourish. They can hold the answers to some of life's biggest questions. 

The Microscope is the tool we use to unlock their secrets. Through this scope we see the infinitesimal. Millimeters. Nanometers. Picometers. Although this minute world cannot be seen without a special lens, it should not be overlooked. It takes time and patience to get the magnification just right, but the view is worth the effort. Microscopes show us that sometimes, life's smallest details are the most important. 

Another Thursday. We move through the motions. We work. We stress. We come home. We eventually look back and laugh at the trivial things that caused so much consternation in the moment. We get frustrated that we allowed something so frivolous to eat up our valuable time. Time, that commodity we never have enough of. With just a finite amount, we live each day with the intention of making the most of all our precious seconds, minutes, and hours. We put extra focus on the moments that mean the most to us. We promise ourselves on particular days that we will never forget the details. Weeks, months, years later and we inevitably do.  

It's odd what the brain holds on to. The moments it chooses to keep crystal clear. The memories it replays so perfectly it feels as though we are reliving last Tuesday. The lazy summer afternoon spent with best friends. The standing lunch dates after "America's War in Vietnam." The car ride that was filled with perfect conversation. Little life events that were so small, we didn't even realize we were making a memory.  

When asked to choose our favorite, we rarely choose the obvious. Birthdays. Vacations. Holidays. Sure, we remember those events, but they are not automatically our favorite. Instead, we choose the memory of walking home in perfect spring sunshine with a Grandparent. It was a "micro" moment. It was not big, nor was it important. It just was. And it is these "micro" moments that string us from one major life event to the next. It's their simplistic nature that makes them the most meaningful. 

Microscopes is about reveling in life's small adventures, small wins, and small memories. Things that don't hold much value on their own, but when strung together, they become our life. Like Horton in Dr. Suess' famous book, we have to stop and pay attention to the unseen. Sunday evenings spent with family, and lonely spores of mold that multiply into trillions. There are answers in life's microscopic moments, and Nature's wit will hide them in the most unsuspecting of places. Don't forget to look at the specks. 

Microscopes: the Scope used to 1) reflect on the mundane moments that turned into the best memories and 2) see the punch line in Nature's jokes