My grandmother was a great solitaire2 player. My family legacy is mainly memories, so I especially cherish my few tangible mementos.3 Especially a photograph of grandmother, when she was in her 70s, sitting at the kitchen table, solitaire game in progress and a small green budgie atop her head.
You need to realize that my grandmother was a lady. She’d been an executive secretary in her working days, and there was a dignity about her that somehow hadn’t translated into subsequent generations.
That’s why the budgie picture is such a delight. If it is possible for my grandmother to relax enough to tolerate a bird in her hair—and allow a photograph—then it is possible for anyone to let go, let down and play.6 She knew what could happen. She knew what birds do... and she yet, let it sit there, let this fragile7 little creature just be.
The approaching summer will bring opportunities, and if we’re not careful we’ll find ourselves too busy... too tired... too dignified... too preoccupied... to step outside the lives of our safe and comfortable everyday.
And yet: When something knocks on your door and asks, “Can you come out to play?” Remember. You can’t know if this invitation is one of many or the last one that may come your way. Life is like that.
I have a new bumper sticker8 that says, “Don’t Postpone Joy.” I think this is what Alice Walker had in mind when she wrote, in The Color Purple, “I think it irritates God when you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
Joy, playfulness, doing your version of letting a budgie sit on your head—these are our human way of saying “thank you” to the Universe for the gift of life—long life, short life, whatever weeks and days and years remain.
So, here’s my summer wish for you: let the budgie of happiness sit on your head. Recognize there are consequences, but live with it. Let your motto be, “Don’t Postpone Joy.” Make room for happiness, and make time for play. Every day.
2010-12-13 12:27 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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