Admittedly, I'm sitting in my basement right now. But earlier this evening, I left the basement and sat in our living room. I'm glad that I did.
As I sat in the living room, with my legs curled up, on the really comfortable couch, I felt a nice breeze from the open window. I heard a bird (and this one was singing not squawking, unlike most of the birds I've heard lately) and I enjoyed the occasional glance at the sky to the west. It was a lovely time of day. It's a lovely time of year. It was a lovely time of life.
I didn't have to come upstairs and sit in the living room. I was enjoying watching tv downstairs. OK, I was watching So You Think You Can Dance. I love the expressiveness of the dancing and the love of dance that the contestants display. But I didn't want to spend all evening watching tv and I left.
It is so easy to miss out on a nice evening like this one. And to miss out on so many other things as well. I don't know that we choose to stick with the familiar, to hide in the basement, to stop trying new things. Rather, we get comfortable and forget that there are other joys waiting to be experienced. They may not be big and spectacular - they can be as simple as sitting in a living room on a beautiful evening. But when we have so many things around us to experience and enjoy, it's nice when we realize that, do something different, and savour more of life's rich offerings.