Good morning, afternoon, evening, night…whenever you find yourself in the span of time it takes for this rapidly spinning globe to make its orbit.
I was struck today by listening to birds happily chirping outside my window and it got me thinking…
Appreciating the little things in life is something that is often talked about, but not often practiced. I am absolutely guilty of this. To give some background on the day, I woke up promptly at approximately 6:00am. Now, this would be all well and good if I had somewhere I had to be at, say, 8:00am. Alas, I did not, and I had only managed to fall asleep at about 2:00am earlier that morning. (Oh, the joys of working emergency hours…). Try as I might to fall asleep again and gain a little bit more REM time, my brain was a-going with all sorts of thoughts and I decided to not fight it.
However, this unexpected early morning wake up left me feeling a bit perturbed with my body. Negative thoughts of getting the rest of my sleeping schedule thrown off by likely becoming sleepy mid-afternoon and succumbing to the temptation of a “quick” nap (really meaning that I would fall asleep for 2 to 3 hours) and missing out on the errands and goals I had set for myself on one of my few days off had me in a bit of a sour mood.
Then, as I was sitting quietly at that early hour, I heard it. A lovely tune chortling in through my window. And it struck me…how lucky am I to hear this song? To have the time to sit and appreciate all the notes and cadences. To have the capability of actually HEARING the dips and trills. To have the time to simply sit and listen. To be living in a place where I have access to birds and their songs and their surrounding nature.
I share this to send the message: be thankful for the little things. Take the time to be grateful for the small aspects of good in your life. If you can find joy in the everyday, Every Day becomes joyful.
PS – After doing a quick bit of research on common song birds found in Colorado Springs, I’m pretty sure it was a house finch that was serenading me. If you want to learn more, here’s a nifty website all about birds 🙂 https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Finch/sounds