Start again

I saw this beautiful stained glass in a shop in Bar Harbor, Maine, June 2012

I saw this beautiful stained glass in a shop in Bar Harbor, Maine, June 2012

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say

Leonard Cohen

I can’t recall a single time when hearing the birds singing did not lift my spirits. Sometimes they sound cheerful and perky, sometimes insistent, almost alarmed, but they never sound depressing. Birdsong goes perfectly with the other delights that often accompany it: soft breezes, sunshine, or the cool dusk falling as late afternoon becomes evening.  Sometimes it’s the trill of a single bird against the quiet, other times it’s an amazingly loud chorus creating a wonderful din, but always they communicate to me the wonderful persistence that confirms my optimism is not unfounded.  As much as any other animal, birds defeat despair. Listen for their singing and be blessed!

This post was originally published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Susan

    I’m not a morning person but I do enjoy hearing the birds if I happen to be awake when they awaken early! And what a breathtaking photo! Such gorgeous art! I don’t even know how that got made, but it’s amazing.

    • Susan, I’m not a morning person either 🙂 but when I awaken early and can’t get back to sleep, I’ve found that I really love being up in the very early morning. And yes, the birds are a big part of that. In fact they are serenading me right now! If I had to name the top ten mood lifters I could think of, birds singing would definitely be on that list.

      That piece of stained glass was so gorgeous that I might have been able to fork over the huge price for it, if I had had some way of getting it home with us. I guess that’s why I like to shop when I travel by air. There are so many things I might buy if I didn’t have to find some way of getting them back home on an airplane. No telling how much money I’ve saved on impulse purchases over the years.

  2. Judy from Pennsylvania

    I’ve often admired this photo that’s displayed on the sidebar of your blog, and I’m glad to see it with this quote from Cohen. In fact, I’m going to share the quote today with someone who’s struggling with depression. And I’d love to have seen this beautiful stained glass piece in the shop you visited! I have a weakness for artistic colored glass. One of my favorite museums is the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. Have you been there?

    • No, I haven’t been there, but I know I would love it. I’ll have to put that on my list of places to go! I too have always loved stained glass. I have often wished I had a logical place to replace a transom or bathroom window with stained glass, but I’ve never had any such place in any of my homes. I knew someone who worked to craft stained glass and from what little I know about it, it sounds as if it would be a particularly challenging medium. Really I should say media since there are many different components to stained glass. Some of the cathedral windows in Europe, the ones that date back several centuries, are truly dazzling.

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