By Jim Penczykowski
Songbirds have been on my mind lately. I don’t know what to think about them. They are an incredible gift to the senses. I find myself savoring the day when I hear them. Can you imagine what life would be like without them? Do you think the creator wanted to wake us up to the beauty around us by giving us songbirds? Life does not always seem like such a gift. We all get into ruts from time to time, ruts in our behavior (we call them habits) and ruts in our thinking (we call them attitudes). Then a sunny spring day arrives, the fresh green color jumps out at us as though it is our first time seeing it, the warm air caresses our skin, and the songbirds remind us that there is more to life than the little universe of our habits and attitudes. It is then that we are invited to look about us at our family members, our neighbors, the people we see in passing at church or at the grocery store and realize that they are all a gift to us as well, just as surely as that beautiful spring day is a gift. Oh sure, I could try to tinker with all these gifts and improve on them somewhat. But I could, instead, just accept them all and savor them as gifts.
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