After awaking to a beautiful, sunny, breezy day, I decided after breakfast to take the children to a nearby recreation trail for a nature walk.
The breeze was so fresh, the sun was so vibrant--it was truly a beautiful morning and we all enjoyed ourselves.
What I really noticed this morning was the music of the birds. The air was filled with the beautiful calls of chickadees, robins, red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, and a host of others whose calls I did not recognize. It was truly lovely, and I reveled in it.
But what else struck me, was that of the dozens of other people we saw on the trail this morning, walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading--not one person, literally not one, did not have earbuds plugging their ears. Not one person could hear the music of the birds. I found this sad. This wonderful world we live in offers so much beauty and enjoyment to us, at no cost--all we have to do is pay attention. But so few people today do pay attention to the beauty that surrounds them--they are too busy, I suppose, or too distracted, or maybe it never even occured to them that there was beauty there.
I truly hope that this weekend, all of you out there will take a moment to enjoy one of life's simplest (and probably oldest) pleasures--the music of the birds. :)
Tomorrow I'll be back with a book review!