Please accept this brief moment about sparrows. Yes, I know, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, snowy owl, ivory-billed woodpecker — but, how well can you identify sparrows? This was the question I asked myself this morning because, well, I live a very small life.
I identified the three white stripes on the head and then got the binoculars to see if a nondescript sparrow had any interesting marks. I challenge you to study a white-throated sparrow without being humbled. Brilliant yellow eye lores and starkly contrasting gradations of white, brown, and grey; none of which is apparent if you are not still and willing to look. Wait, that last part might be important.
“…none of which is apparent if you are not still and willing to look.” Ah, the secret of life in a nutshell: we must be willing to still ourselves in order to truly see significance. Sharing pieces of your “small” life makes a big impact. :)