I was enjoying a Friday gin and tonic with our neighbours when we witnessed the most spectacular sunset.
I did that ridiculous thing (that almost everyone with a smartphone has) and tried to take a photograph of it.
Of course, it looked pants. The reason?
Eyes are brilliant.
In fact, they are so brilliant that even when they don’t work properly, they’re still infinitely better than a smartphone camera having the ability to focus on 50 different objects every second.
So are your other senses.
Miracles each one.
Take taste. There are six basic tastes; sweet, sour, bitter, umami, astringent and pungent. Your amazing taste buds can detect their slightest difference, creating millions of flavours.
Flavour, of course, is helped by smell.
You can identify over a trillion different scents. And they are emotive.
There is nothing quite like a smell to whisk you back to a faded memory. Grandma’s baking anyone?
Knock knock! Did you know your hearing is working 24 hours a day?
So, when you think someone’s not listening… they are. It’s just their brain has chosen to tune you out.
That leaves touch.
There are four types of touch receptor – for detecting vibrations, slippage, when the skin stretches and one for subtle textures (like the touch of a feather or when Mrs H brushes the bottom of my foot and I leap two feet).
Today I’m giving thanks for my senses.
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