Sometimes I wonder if the computer screen has replaced the window. I think of the hours I spend in front of my computer, the slight-blue glow illuminating my face, and feel the time I miss looking out at the blue sky (or even the gray sky — I live in Seattle after all).
Animals remind us to look out the window, just as my dog-friend Stanley is doing in this picture. When I am over at my friend Kristen’s house for our writing retreats, Stanley not only warms my feet by sleeping on them, but he takes sleep breaks and feels called to look outside. His window-gazing actions remind me to stop typing and staring at this screen and take a big-wide-world break. There is certainly a world that opens up on a computer, what with social networking, email communications, videos, and more, but Stanley’s attraction to a squirrel or the disdain of the mailman is real, live stuff. It’s the stuff of life that reminds me to stand up, stretch, and watch the world pass by in live, real time.
Sometimes my own cats will crawl onto my laptop as if to say, “Stop doing that, focus on me. I am real. I am here. What’s that box you’re looking at anyway?” My cats also have a grand time watching their “Kitty TV” shows out the window. The sparrows in the yard next door provide flitting entertainment on a daily basis.
So my words of wisdom today come from the animals — who would be writing this blog post if they had opposable thumbs, I am certain. Remember to look out the window. Step away from the computer for a few moments to notice what is going on in your environment, take in the hue of the sky, watch the trees move, follow a bird’s path, listen to the sound of garbage trucks, and if you need to, even bark at the mail carrier.