Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Simple Life

As I sit here looking out my picture window, I am enjoying the wonderful world of nature that God created. I have watched the orange and black orioles feeding sweet nector from the feeder, along with several hummingbirds zooming back and forth. There have been bright red cardinals taking their share of sunflower seeds plus some yellow finches and other smaller birds. I love to watch the birds and realized that they bring me much pleasure. I guess you can't get much simpler than that for entertainment, can you? It cost me a little for feed but it is true enjoyment to my husband and I.

Out my back window I enjoy watching my little bluebirds as they are now feeding their young. I marvel at all the colors of the birds, each one different from the other, and each one so special in their own way. It's taken me a few years to slow down long enough to observe these little marvels of nature, but now I am learning to do so. Each bird even has their own patterns of flight and yes, their own way of communicating. I've not learned how to identify birds by their calls yet, but I'm working on it.

My husband and I have chosen to live the simple life, not needing much to make us happy. As long as we have a roof over our head, clothes to wear, shoes on our feet, and food for our bellies, we are pretty happy. Take some time to slow down, enjoy the moment....they go so fast. Watch the birds, smell the flowers, laugh with your children, hug your spouse. Work can wait a few minutes longer.