The Benefits of Benches


“All the world’s a stage,” and benches are the auditorium seating.

I love benches. An odd statement, I know, but hear me out.

You sit down on a bench, and set at your feet is the vast world in front of you. Look past the tree, the building, past the horizon. There is still more world, and more space, and more stars, on and on forever.

This of course makes you feel so small that your gaze falls to your toes, which rub against the dirt beneath them. And there you find a tiny pebble. Even smaller than you, and yet solid, still has its place in this ever expanding universe. It has significance. You noticed it.

Lifting your eyes you see a pair of lovers, strolling hand in hand across the park. How is it that two souls can come to find each other? Not only on this big earth, but in the scheme of all of time? The task seems impossible. But there they are, smiling and laughing in their triumph over the odds.

A flurry of brown feathers swoops overhead. What a life it must be, to soar above the changing landscapes, descending for food and for twigs. Innately knowing your purpose in life. Making your nest, laying your eggs, waiting for your own to fly away.

Then your phone will buzz in your pocket, and you jump, returning to the present. You glance at the screen and realize you’ve got somewhere to be. But now the thing you sat down to sulk about really doesn’t seem like such a big problem anymore.

So you stand, and exit the theatre.


I challenge you this week: find a bench and sit for awhile. If you’d be so kind as to leave me a comment, I would love to hear about your experience! You can also tweet or post on Instagram using #benefitsofbenches and I will be sure to check it out! Happy world-watching.


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