Rushing to a meeting on Friday, I went out of the front door, and while locking it, I felt that some insect sat on my neck. I whisked it off, but it quickly came back. So, I did it again, and it came back again… I thought: “What a persistent insect!”, then looked up a bit, and saw that a piece of hay that my wife used in a wreath which hangs on our door, was bent off the wreath, and was it that was tickling my neck. Nervously trying to fix it (to get this done quickly, and rush on to the my important meeting), I noticed something that made me just stop and get goosebumps on my skin (I’m not kidding you). Right on top of our front door wreath some tiny birds made a nest — a beautiful little nest in which they laid eggs!!
Here’s the picture:
At that moment I was once again reminded that day after day, in the rush of our busy life, we often simply miss the beauty in the world around us! The wonder in my daughter’s eyes when she sees a new butterfly, a squirrel, a Cardinal bird (one was singing on our deck just this morning), or some other creature of flower I often simply miss, is what I have to learn from! The famous American educator and poet, who was born just 80 miles away from where I now live, Edward Merrill Root wrote: “We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.” We really do. Businessmen or educators, scholars or manufacturers, marketers or anyone else, all of us do.