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Is there anything that brings you so much joy you have to drop what you're doing to savor the moment?
As I worked from home a few days ago, three feet away, the window was wide open, allowing me to enjoy the cool morning air before Chicagoland temps reached far into the '80s.
Unexpectedly, a male house finch landed on the window sill and started singing - not short chirps, but a full complex song. It was loud, and it was beautiful. I immediately stopped what I was doing, turned very slowly so the finch wouldn't be frightened off, and I spent about ten precious seconds enjoying the impromptu performance until he flew away.
Shortly after, a pair of house finches landed on the same window sill. The picture attached to this post is a picture of them, although you can't see the female hidden behind the vertical blind. Joyful chirps announced their arrival, and I was able to watch them do what my husband and I call "birdie yoga."
Birdie yoga is when the birds lean to one side, bring their bodies parallel with the window sill, fan out their wing and tail feathers, and tilt their heads back. A little while after the pair flew away, another male landed on the sill and did some yoga.
Whenever I know they're there, I have to stop and embrace the moment. The birds can (and will) fly away within seconds, but these brief and fleeting moments bring me so much joy, I can't resist.
What small moments will you savor before they're gone?