This vacation we stayed in an RV park called “The Living Forest.” It is known as a wildlife sanctuary overlooking the tidal flats of Naniamo Bay on Vancouver Island. I don’t consider myself a bird watcher by any means. That being said, as we were enjoying the view from our campsite, several bald eagles flew in a circle above us. I quickly ran inside and grabbed my binoculars.
I spent several minutes scanning the skies trying to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. When I spotted one, I squealed with delight. It was fun to watch their wings spread as they soared through the air. It was thrilling to see their white heads and distinctive looking beaks.
Once the birds moved on, I thought about the sense of joy and awe I experienced. Happiness doesn’t always fall in your lap. You have to be willing to go get it. That split-second decision to run and grab my binoculars gave me a couple of hours of simple pleasure.
The next time you see something out of the ordinary, don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Snatch those big funny looking eyeglasses and go for it. You will be glad you did.
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon