Take Time Today to Notice What Is Already in View

In front of my house is a magnolia tree I planted some twenty or so years ago, so it is quite mature. Its spring so the flowers are beginning to come to life, and a few buds which will soon become leaves have begun to form. It’s been an odd spring, this year kind of cold, wet and windy but soon the earth will be warmed by the rays of the sun.


As I was leaving for work the other day, I noticed a young girl on her way to school pause and look up at the tree. I noticed she had a big smile on her face and she was saying something as she looked up. I thought to myself, she has noticed the flowers in the tree and she is enjoying them. It wasn’t until a few days later I had realized what had brought her such joy. A robin had built a nest in the upper branches, she does this every year. I laugh to myself as I think, “So, why did I hang the bird house in the tree?” It lies empty each year and I tell myself I need to cut the zip tie and take it down, yet it continues to hang there every year. I guess she isn’t interested in a fancy house made of ceramic for she has a nest of her own.


Since the tree has matured a robin has nested in it every year. I noticed her on my front lawn determined to pull a worm out of the ground. She had a pretty good hold and it seemed to be a tug of war between the bird and the worm. Needless to say, the robin won and became dinner for the bird. I stood there watching in awe as these two creatures went back and forth the worm using all its strength to not get eaten and the bird determined to have dinner.


By now you are wondering what this has to do with. Actually, quite a bit with the world around us and just how much we need to take a moment away from the mundane and take a look at what is right in front of us. Life is going to happen and we as people don’t take enough moments to sit back and just be.

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