There's a scene in The September Issue where Vogue creative director Grace Coddington is in a car en route to the couture shows in Paris, and she relates a story about the famed British photographer Norman Parkinson telling her to, always pay attention or you may miss something that will inspire you. She always thinks of that, even in the back of a cab. "Mindfulness," being wholly absorbed by the present, is a central concept in Buddhism, and all forms of meditation. Usually when I open my eyes in the morning I start returning emails within moments, out of habit. Today, though, I woke up slowly, observed the rain, and decided it called for pancakes. So I made some! And savored every bite.