By Nila Bartley, Navy
Writing Type: Array
By Nila K. Bartley
VA Medical Center--Chillicothe, OH
Once I took everyday joys for granted.
To me those things were an ordinary part of my day.
The fresh smell of the air after a cleansing summer rain.
The sight of a squirrel scurrying up a tree while carrying a nut.
The sounds of many birds singing together as if in harmony
lovingly orchestrated by the
A tree's limbs dancing in the wind with its leaves
being playfully teased by the current of air.
A total stranger smiling at me and saying, "Have a good day."
The sound of a child's laughter done in such total abandonment.
My life was so hurried. I was so absorbed with chores
and responsibilities that I forgot.
I forgot to savor my life. To be so engrossed in the moment,
instead of thinking about the next chore I had to do.
What changed me? A mental illness that devastated me
and led to a failed suicide attempt.
My brush with death led to an appreciation of this life.
Even the ordinary everyday moments I look at now as precious.
My choice now is to be in the moment and live it to the fullest.
To delight and look for the enchantment in each day.