Earlier today I drove down the highway on my way to see a client for work. I passed through the city until the buildings turned into fields. This particular client was located in a town called Grain Valley, Missouri. An RV dealership no-less; About 40 minutes away.
With this much “windshield time” as we call it in sales, I get ample opportunity to listen to the radio and collect my thoughts.
Today my thoughts wandered.
I looked up from behind the wheel to see a buzzard high up in the sky circling. Probably searching for some carcass to eat…
“How nice,” I thought, “would it feel to be that bird from time to time- completely unaware and unaffected from real world problems. From the daily grind, work, paying bills, grocery shopping, managing a crammed calendar of events, stress. From the constant curveballs of life in general! He just floats way up there, feeling the wind through his feathers- never to deal with the complexities and pressures of our fast-paced and judgmental society. Simplicity and peace. To him, he merely exists. To him, that is enough.
I smiled to myself, thinking of the buzzard; Suddenly a bit envious of him.
“What problems does he have?” I thought next.
I came to realize he has a lot. Then my feelings started to change…
I really started thinking about it- Every day this bird wakes up just to try to stay alive. To battle heat or bone-chilling cold weather, to find something to eat or drink (if it’s lucky). To defend himself against predators that want to kill it. This bird lives a life of constant struggle and fear, a life of physical pain- knowing no real emotions and not even aware of his own purpose. Not understanding what could be beyond his own life. Just fight or flight.
A life that goes un-noticed. He feels no love.
If he only knew how easy I really do have it. Wouldn’t this bird laugh? Wouldn’t he mock the life I live?
I go to work and deal with some stress, yes, but I get to wake up knowing I have abundant food, clean water, a beautiful house and am safe from harm. I have healthcare, medicine, education, and opportunity. At every single turn in my existence, there is something or someone to assist me. I am surrounded by love. I have my wife.
It’s not even fair.
Then I smiled to myself once again, but this time thinking of my life. I bet that buzzard would be rather envious of me.
I did think of one exception to the rule though- and that would be the family dog.