Just a quick picture of something I have that gives me some peace. We hung a bird feeder right outside our kitchen window. Everything from chickadees to cardinals to grackles come to feast on seeds, fruit, and suet. They all seem to get along while they are at the feeder most of the time and it gives us a lot of peace and joy.
We didn't realize at the time just how long we were going to sit just watching the birds. It's never, "Let's sit and watch the birds for a while." It just kinda happens. We'll be having coffee or whatever and we'll just commence to watching and before we know it a half hour has gone by. For the first three or four days we didn't get any birds at all. But before a month was up, there was never more than 5 minutes where there wasn't at least one bird there. We have whole flocks now that come in the winter. Even doves.
The cat loves to sit and watch the birds. He doesn't bother them. He just sits and watches and it gives him something to break up his day and it's an added bonus of entertainment for us, lol!
A word on bird seed. Not all are created equal. We tend to buy the better brands that are more expensive but last longer. A lot of the cheaper bird seed has tiny little seeds that look like millet which the birds don't eat. They'll just splash it right out onto the ground to get to the good stuff. So, the bird seed we buy with the nuts and fruit in it last much, much longer. As far as suet goes, we just buy whatever is cheap. I don't usually pay more than a buck or two.