I turned off the news and went for a walk. Stepping out onto the sidewalk, I heard the sounds of life, conversations of others who were walking, leaves rustling, some chattering birds and some birds singing. I saw a young couple holding hands, her belly heavy with child, a road repair crew enjoying a coffee break, my neighbor's cat sitting on her porch taking in the neighborhood activity, children playing kickball in the street. I smelled the chicken that Mr. Hernandez was cooking on the smoker. My mind was refreshed and I remembered what normal life feels like. I went home and made a cup of coffee.
by Thomas Wigington