I still remember reading an essay at school by Charles Lamb that made the point that you should never be surprised if somebody loved themselves more than they loved you. I am not sure if love is quite the right word – maybe consider or value or understand might be better. Whatever the right word is, I think that we can all understand what Charles Lamb meant.
So with this “truth” in mind, consider the heading of this post – People are not loyal and loving all of the time. It is the fifth and final of David Ricoh’s Five Things We Cannot Change.
What we must surely cultivate is a true appreciation when we find people who are loyal and loving, at least some of the time.
by Sophia Yasmeen
At about 4 am this morning, while it was still dark; I woke up to the sound of birds with dawn chorus. I heard the first sporadic notes of a song thrush through the open window. At first I was a little irked as I had another 45 minutes until I needed to wake up. But then I decided to leave my eyes open and listen. It started with one note with only one bird singing and then another joined. I think it was a Wren that joined in and added richer notes, after which I lost track. The first note I opened my eyes to, was a long one. I think… no I am sure it was the cooing of a woodpigeon
followed by distant syllables of cuckoo.
And as all the other small birds chimed in, the chorus got louder and rhythmic. I found the most vocal and the most accomplished musically are the sky larks. As the sky got brighter, the chorus became arrhythmic, and then faded away, left the world silent for a while until there is a reprise. It felt a bit strange during the gaps of notes. Some says, that the birds are "at prayers" during this quiet period. It was quite an experience for me; not sure how to describe it exactly. All I know is that I am going to make my way to the wood this evening, where there will be plenty of songbirds and maybe I will join in. What are YOU doing this evening?
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