I think I’ve always found beauty in the everyday of life. The imperfectly perfect red/pink rose in my garden with petals open, at the brink of falling off, on an otherwise bare bush because I don’t have a clue how to make them grow and thrive; a sunset glowing with sweet bursts of oranges and reds as it sits teasingly on the horizon threatening departure; the wide, bright smile of a woman whose kind eyes, laugh and worry lines show a life well lived.
Sometimes we miss out on the beauty around us, because we’re expecting the ostentatious, bigger, bolder representations. It can be a set up for failure and an elusive dance with peace.
The ‘more’ mentality of our culture lures us into believing the key to happiness hinges totally on how much we have regardless of how we get it; how big it is regardless of what’s knocked down to make room.
While I agree it’s healthy to work towards creating a better life for ourselves and our families, I think we sometimes lack balance. Balance between striving for more and finding peace with what is. Balance between creating new with honoring what came before. Balance between ‘lights, camera, action!’ and what’s simple and true.
Today, take a minute and look for the simple beauty around you.
Something you would have missed any other time. Something that whispers instead of yells for your attention. Rest in the moment and quiet of ‘enough’ for a few minutes. Carry the reverence for what you beheld with you through the day.
Quote for the day: "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." – Camille Pissarro