You’ll forgive me, I hope. I’ve been lost for the last several minutes.
But it’s the kind of lost where I almost wished I didn’t have to eventually find my way home. In my office, I sit right next to a huge window, with a large oak tree growing right next to me.
As I was typing diligently away to bring you dudes the acrid wit and not-so-conventional wisdom I know you crave, I spotted some unusual movement from the corner of my eye.
It was, of course, a small bird landing in the branches right next to my window. This wild bird, a Carolina Chickadee, is a pretty unassuming little thing. As you can see below, it’s gray, black and white and doesn’t stand out all that much. The only funny thing about it, and it’s only funny if you’ve got a juvenile sense of humor (hello!) is that it is in the tit family Paridae.
So, nothing special.
But I found I couldn’t take my eyes off the bird. It sat, mere inches away from my eyes, and flicked its feathers. It bent its small beak down to its shoulders and preened at the feathers there.
Every few seconds, the Chickadee would look up to make sure nothing was creeping up to it or screaming down out of the sky and looking to make a meal from a small, unassuming little avian.
It hopped around a few times, fluttered to a different, but still nearby, branch. Finally, it leapt into the sky and flew away to a farther tree in a neighbor’s yard.
I don’t know how long it took, probably no more than minute. But for that minute, I was completely lost in the sight, enraptured by the vision of a tiny slice of wildlife just past my nose. When I went back to typing, to my work, I felt calmer, more energized, and, well, cleaner.
That tiny, brief, infinitesimal slice of the wild had made its mark on me. There’s no surprise there, of course, even though it’s something we tend to forget. Numerous studies have shown that immersing ourselves in nature, even in the tame suburban variety for a short while, can provide tremendous benefits.
Walking through the outdoors can help us to lift away from depression, to calm a manic spirit. It can do wonders that we all seem to forget so very often. And it’s all right there outside the windows, just inches from our faces.
The outdoors, the mild wild in which we live, is a gift we need to lose ourselves in more often.Share on Facebook Tags: A Dude's Guide to Health, A Dude's Guide to Life, Avian, Beak, Bird Landing, Black And White, Carolina Chickadee, Chickadee, Conventional Wisdom, Corner Of My Eye, Depression, dude, Family Paridae, Feathers, Funny Thing, Gray Black, humor, Juvenile, Nearby Branch, Oak Tree, Outd, Preened, richard, S Yard, Scream, Sense Of Humor, Small Bird, Tiny Slice, Wild Bird, Wisdom