When I was eating breakfast this morning, I looked up and saw a monkey sitting on the shelf above our kitchen window. He’s a funky-looking wooden simian who has been hanging out with us ever since my kids insisted I put him there. In fact, he’s lived in our kitchen so long that I had stopped noticing him.
It’s human nature to look past things you encounter on a regular basis. It might be a wooden monkey, a cracked window, a dead tree, an unusual odor, or a slot-car racetrack you have to step over on your way through the living room.
You may even have gotten used to more-significant distractions. Two examples come to mind from the last time I was house-hunting: