Last week I watched a robin build her nest, stick by stick. She swooped to the ground to grab nesting material and then flew back to a branch...over and over. I admired her ability to persist with this seemingly tedious task.
As I listened to her cheerful chirping, I had a thought. Maybe nest building wasn’t a chore to her at all. Maybe it was actually a joyous task.
When I was a young child, no task was a chore. It was just another adventure. At what point did I decide that some activities are drudgery and some are fun?
Perhaps animals know something we don’t. Maybe they see every task as a joyful, sacred part of their day.
Maybe cleaning and laundry and yard work are actually opportunities to experience joy. I suspect it’s all about attitude. Maybe if I treated every act as sacred and joyful, it would be sacred and joyful.
So....maybe I could do a little less complaining and a lot more chirping.
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