This morning I noticed the telephone wires. I notice these every day (or rather, I try not to notice them!), but this morning I noticed their similarity to a musical staff. A few birds flew and landed on the wires. I could almost hear God whisper, "Sing the notes, Anna." I smiled shyly. "The wire is a musical staff, and the birds are notes?" "I give you music every day, Anna. You have only to become aware of it." I sing the melody, which is not bad for pigeons on a wire! I giggle with God.
I am learning to find beauty in unlikely places. Suddenly these encroaching walls aren't so encroaching; the music opens them up to reveal a world of wonder. The wires aren't so ugly anymore; they are a picture of the symphony that moves and swells outside my window. I can see the music.
Abraham Heschel said, "Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation... What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder." In our quest for knowledge and wisdom, may we never lose a sense of wonder and awareness of beauty... even in the unlikeliest of places.