Moments Of Idyllic Contemplation & Bliss: The Park Bench

The Park Bench:  Outdoor Scenic Seating
The Park Bench: Outdoor Scenic Seating

The “Park Bench”. An idyllic perch to appreciate the world that surrounds us. The changing seasons. The changing views captured from our perch on a permanent seat. The public park bench. How often do we take the time to find a moment of respite? A moment to think and contemplate. A moment or an hour taken with which to dwell on the beautiful things that surround us, the joys of our life or the beauty of the moment. A moment worth seeking. An interval in our day in which to breathe. Idyllic contemplation, indeed…

A “park bench” is termed as a “piece of furniture on which several people may sit at the same time”. A bench is also known as a “bank”, a “Chair”, a “lawn seat”, “Pew” or “Settee”. Either way, it is an element of exterior design found in the outdoor public world. Oh, the details one can appreciate embellished on these benches of outdoor seating! Commonly found as a decorative, wrought iron jewel found in within the beauty of the outdoor world, park benches are also found in metal, stone and other materials. The wooden slats or powder coated iron slats provide a perch. Objects that lure us, perhaps. Objects that beckon us, perhaps. Often situated in scenic vistas, these benches truly provide a spot for contemplation. Whether the bench is stumbled upon deep within a public park or near a city street or overlooking a bridge or ocean, a seat awaits us. Whether a quick break from a day or for hours of dreaming, planning or appreciating life, a seat awaits…

A Seat For All:  The Park Bench
A Seat For All: The Park Bench
Elements Of Exterior Design:  The Appeal Of The Park Bench
Elements Of Exterior Design: The Appeal Of The Park Bench
Elements Of Exterior Design:  The Appeal Of The Park Bench
Elements Of Exterior Design: The Appeal Of The Park Bench

No matter the glory of the season, the “park bench” remains a constant. Perhaps a reminder. Perhaps when you view a park bench you find yourself sighing and wistfully yearning to sit upon its awaiting seat and pause upon its perch. The next time your gaze falls upon the park bench, consider its perch. If but for a moment, to sit and breathe deeply, it is a worthwhile destination. Releasing cares and focussing on the abundance of life. The joys of life. Oh, if the park bench could talk! The plans that have been made while perched on these idyllic outdoor seats. And of the love expressed or the dreams and plans that have been made while seated on these benches that have since turned into reality? Priceless. Life is just that. Priceless. Every moment, a gift. Take a moment. A moment of idyllic contemplation. Ponderings and inspirations. Life is beautiful, indeed….

Kristin

“I walked through the park,
and passed by the same old park bench today,
for the first time in a long time,
I was glad to find it empty,
and…I stopped and sat down
just for awhile,
to listen to the birds sing
and toss things round in my mind…”

-“The Park Bench”, J. Nasiumii

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