I was just taking a break from work around the house that I’ve been putting off for far too long, and enjoying my surroundings. I live and work in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful parts of the country–it’s also a very popular tourist destination. It’s a valley set in a fairly mountainous area, and my home is right at the foot of one of many extinct volcanic mountains that dot this valley.
Spring has finally sprung, it’s warm and sunny, and expected to get nice and hot later this week. Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to live and work where I do. As I listen to a bird outside, I realize how good it feels to just revel in and acknowledge the beauty that surrounds me here, and not to have that crazy Christian Science thought creeping in that would say that since it’s all matter, it is not real. Damn it, it is real! And I like it! Yes, some of the reality is not pleasant, but so much of it is. We need to embrace it all–learn from the bad, and gather strength from it; but also take time to enjoy the good, and embrace the happiness that comes from it–especially the simple things, like the bird chirping outside.