Monday’s Splendor.

Hello everyone on this fabulous Monday morning!  It is a rainy and cool morning but it’s still fabulous!  Have you ever stopped to take a look at the sun shining through the leaves?  Or just the sun shining on the leaves?  Have you seen the intricate beauty of spider webs as the dew is clinging to them?  And how they sparkle when the sun strikes them like they are covered with hundreds of tiny diamonds?  Have you stopped to listen to the light rattling of leaves as a gentle breeze touches them?  Have you noticed the simple, but energetic, little sparrow hopping around on the sidewalk or street eagerly looking for some tasty morsel of food?  While it’s doing so it is always cheerfully chirping.IMG_4514

We can learn a lot about these little birds that most people never notice or if they do, they just grumble and say ‘it’s just a sparrow, who cares?’.  But the sparrow wakes up in the morning, it doesn’t grumble or complain that it has to go back to work because it’s Monday.  That little sparrow just gets up, sings a bit, then off it goes to look for food.  It doesn’t worry about whether it will find enough food that day.  It just gets out there and starts looking.  It also doesn’t worry about whether it will find lots of nice tasty bugs or if it will be a day of dry seeds.  It also doesn’t complain about having to go out in the rain or hop around in the hot sun.

A male Harris’ Sparrow.

What about us?  First thing we do is  complain that it’s Monday.  We have to get up early again and go to work, or school, or look after the kids.  We complain about our jobs.  Mumble, grumble, frown, stomp feet, pull hair, bang head on wall.  Do you realize it takes a lot more energy to be negative than it does to be positive.  And really, being positive is so much more fun.  Not only for us, but for those around us.  Why not enter the day with a smile?  Maybe try to whistle something happy.  Okay, whistling might be annoying to some people.  How about quietly humming?

I put out my bird feeder again for the chickadees and the first one down was a male goldfinch.

Why not look for things that will make you happy.  Doesn’t have to be something big.  Sometimes little things can make us happy much more quickly.  And they are easier to find.  Like a sunny day.  The things mentioned above.  Today my favorite blue jay returned after a summer away nesting.  I have named him Baxter.  He is quite friendly, although when he first returns in the fall he is a bit more nervous.  He will sit on a nearby branch and call loudly if there are no peanuts outside.  So I go out and give him some.  He is down right away to grab the biggest one of the bunch, then back to the branch to open and eat it.

Baxter, my friendly blue jay.

A simple little thing.  But it brings a smile to my face every time.  But it helps to look for these things.  Otherwise we will never find them.  Walking down the sidewalk I spotted a little “weed” growing in a crack in the cement, with a beautiful little flower.  Talk about a hard place to grow.  But it did.  A simple little thing.  Again, it brought a smile to my face. When we smile, we feel better.  When we smile, others feel better too.  A double benefit.

That’s it for now folks.  I truly hope that you have a fabulous Monday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

25 Comments on “Monday’s Splendor.

  1. Hey dear Steve, good morning 😊♥️♥️
    Well, you are absolutely right about Monday…..It really takes less energy to be positive and being positive is a real fun!! I love the comparison of ours with sparrow..
    Baxter looks super cute 😍
    Have a great day and hope Muffin is doing awesome 💕💕

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    • Hey Jyoti! How are you today? Thanks so much for reading, glad you enjoyed it!😀 We can sometimes learn a lot from these little animals if we stop and watch them for a bit.🙂🐦🐿 Baxter is definitely a favorite of mine, so nice that he came back again. Muffin is doing great, she just woke up from her nap and she meows hi to you!😻😽 I hope you will have a wonderful evening!😃😺😻

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      • I’m doing good Steve 💞💞
        Yeah, you are correct. We can learn from anything around us!!
        Hi dear Muffin 😻😽😻😽

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      • Great to hear!😃 Yep, we can even learn from mushrooms.🍄 Muffin is watching chipmunks again! But she says, meow, meow, meow.😸😻😽😹 She wouldn’t tell me.🤔😁🙄

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  2. Happy Monday to you and Muffin!
    I bet it’s easy to smile with all that beauty surrounding you every day. 😊

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    • Thank you so much for reading this morning!😃 It is easy to smile, but for me, I would smile even without so much beauty around me.🙂 It’s just me. However it is great having so much beauty here and I certainly enjoy it very much!😀🌳🐿 I hope you have a wonderful day!😃😺Muffin meows hi!

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    • Thanks for reading today Lydia!😀 My day is great so far, going out for my walk shortly.🚶‍♂️🌳📷 It’s nice and sunny now but still cool, was hoping it would warm up a bit faster.🤔🙄 Guess I might need a jacket.😂 Hope your day is going well!😁😸

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  3. What a glorious pic of the “ sun-blest tree “… made me smile ! Our Blue Jays do make their presence known and when we give them peanuts they make another sound like purring…I like to believe that they are saying “ thanks “…

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  4. Good morning Steve and hope your Tuesday is going great! well you are right we should be like birds not worrying about what to eat and not complain the entire time, we should focus on the beauty and positivity and we’ll certainly be happy 🙂 Baxter is always the best bird because of its blue color, glad he was back 🙂
    Smiling is free and can certainly change someone’s day for good 😀
    Enjoy your day and thank you for sharing 😃😺

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    • Good morning Huguette! Yes, if we could learn some simple things, don’t worry, focus on beauty and being positive, smiling, we would be so much happier.😄 Sometimes easier said than done I realize,😀 but it works. Guess that’s why we need constant reminders about things.🤔🙄 Have a great day!!😃😺🌞

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