This week has offered some mild days–enough for me to open my office window mid-afternoon and invite a little nature inside. It has offered me a bit of new perspective so I thought I would re-share this post from April 2012.
You are the window through which you must see the world.
~George Bernard Shaw
The company I work with has recently moved offices. I am delighted! You see, for someone who thrives off being outdoors, sitting at a desk for most of the day has its challenges. In this new space, however, I have the luxury of a window that opens, and it is making all the difference.
Outside my 2nd floor space sits a large evergreen tree with several bushes on the ground below. It is an ideal area for birds to come rest, chat, and play. What a glorious feeling to open the window to a bright Spring morning and birdsong.
Yesterday, however, was the first opportunity I’d had to be there working in the afternoon. As I cranked open the window, the sounds of traffic invaded my workspace. “Oh, no!” I thought, but as I sank into my chair, I heard the familiar chirping of a cardinal twittering about on the ground below.
It was clear; I had a choice to make. I could be frustrated by the noise of the roadway, or I could be grateful for the gift of breeze and nature and song that visited me through the open window. As I continued on with my project, I practiced a bit of mindfulness. Rather than focusing on the man-made swooshing of passing cars, I listened intentionally to the birds frolicking in the afternoon sun. It was en enjoyable way to spend a sunny afternoon, even if I was behind a desk.