|Posted on August 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM|
August 17, 2015
I'm sitting outside on this cloudy, misty Monday morning, listening to the birds talking to each other as they get their breakfast. They sound happy, and I rejoice in the fact I have a small block of time to listen to them.
I also hear the school bus going past and though that's not a sound I consider beautiful, it is one that makes me think about exactly what I am hearing.
Sometimes we are so caught up in our own little piece of the world that we don't take much time to think about the rest of it, and I mean REALLY think about it. I have always loved to sit back and listen and watch as the world goes right on, regardless of what I am doing.
It's easy to feel content and at peace listening to the birds, but a school bus? No, not so much, or at least, not to me.
For a long time they have been a source of irritation to me because of the noise and the inconvenience of having to wait while they stop every ten feet to pick up another child. And then there's that whole thing they have to go through every time they come up to a railroad track. Geez! I guess they are a necessary irritation, right? Well, this morning I took a moment to really think about them in a different light.
I remember riding that big, yellow bus to school, and I loved it because I was sitting with friends and classmates and I was going to my favorite place. I loved school with a passion and getting on that bus every morning was a true joy. I was leaving my home, where I wasn't all that happy, and going to a place where I was allowed to shine and where my teachers would tell me how great I was and would ask me if I would like to stay after and help them do various tasks. For a kid like me, that was bliss.
So, this morning, as I listened to the bus I remembered my feelings as I had gotten on the bus that would transport me to a fun place, and I began to look at it in a different light. It's actually a beautiful part of life--taking young people to a place where their minds will be exposed to all types of new things, and where they will learn skills that will help them after they graduate.
Accepting things as they are and understanding the value in everything around us is a way to lower our stress levels and to get a better understanding of the world and our place in it. Resisting what we don't care for or fighting against something will only attract more of that to us--what we resist, persists.
Understanding that everything on the planet is here for a reason and that it all has a purpose, will help us be better humans, which will in turn allow our spirits to grow as intended.