Falcon on a Lamppost: The Awe and Wonder of Life…
I’m a notorious walker. On any given day I’ll trudge several thousand steps. Winding through small streets, heading down busy boulevards, sauntering by an eclectic urbanscape, it’s easy to get lost in thought while caught in the gaze of time. But when a falcon on a lamppost recently crossed my path, I couldn’t help but notice. With majesty and beauty, it sat there boldly asserting its commanding presence. For a moment I stopped and reflected about the awe and wonder of nature and the miracles it brings forth. And it’s those miracles that truly make for the awe and wonder of life.
We urbanites become so engrossed with the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we often neglect to appreciate the miracles that surround us each and every day. We go about our daily chores oblivious to the charm of the world. With cell phone in hand and ears plugged, we walk stoutly from destination to destination, somehow thinking there’s nothing left that can impress. Yes, we know it all already, and if we don’t, well Google certainly does!
Persian poet Rumi (1207-1273) aptly wrote that “Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”
In other words, we mortals must be hit in the head by beauty to notice it! Our lives are time slots filled with self-absorbed undertakings of mundane tasks. We’ve become busy-bodies striving for that bigger house, faster car or larger bank account. Our egos thrive on attention and fame and want nothing more that everyone recognize us, for good or bad, lest our feelings of insecurity get the better of us. Without purpose, we shuffle aimlessly from one day to the next (see Purpose: That Which Gives Life Meaning…).
Certainly this is no way to live life, yet millions upon millions of us do! Locked in a trap of self-perpetuating envy, we become beasts of uncontrolled want and need. Losing perspective of those things that make for a life of meaning and beauty, a vast feeling of emptiness takes hold and leads us down a path of self-destruction. Is it any wonder that society has struck record levels of depression, addiction and mental illness?
How then do we evade this downward spiral into oblivion? Unquestionably there’s no one simple solution for all, but perhaps we could start with a deep-seated appreciation of the beauty that life can offer. Perhaps it’s a matter of enjoying the journey as opposed to waiting for the next “big thing” to happen? Life is but a culmination of small details lived day-in, day-out. It’s those details that culminate into the next “big thing” and it’s key that we forge ahead enjoying each and every detail along the way.
Smell the roses, savor the taste of an apple, and admire the blue of the sky. Take in the sunset and awaken to the sunrise. Beauty is all around, but it’s for us to let it into our hearts. It’s for us to enjoy the awe and wonder of life. And it’s for us to admire that falcon on a lamppost…
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