Beauty appears every day.
Today, while running through the woods, I thought of how vibrant the trees appeared in their various greens, swaying gently, and allowing snippets of the sun to drape around them. I thought to take a photo and share it; it was just so beautiful. But I resisted, remembering a quote by Toni Morrison:
“At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”
When you unexpectedly meet a friend in the supermarket you don’t whip out your camera to record the “feel good” moment. It’s enough that your heart responds and you’re happy. Neither do you record the voice of a long-distance family member, you simply enjoy the time you have been given with them.
This is beauty, and it appears each day in some wonderful arrangement. Look for it.
Home. Family. Friends. Read. Craft. Run. In a good week, my days will touch on each of these activities. During a stressful week, my days can easily be filled with one of the first two activities! I try to remember to keep things as balanced as possible. My to do list must be flexible. A day with my mother might take four or five hours, which is no fault of hers. She’s eighty-one and walks slowly (with a walker) due to pain. Helping her in and out of the car, opening and folding her walker, etc. becomes tiresome after the fifth or sixth time. I’ve learned to just give her the entire day and block out anything else. On those days, I can usually get in a run and some chapters of my book.
Since I am active with my crafts, there are times that I need to spend an entire day preparing for a show; sometimes due to a burst of creativity leading up to the day of the event, other times due to my procrastination. It’s mind-boggling all the little things (signage, packing supplies, directions, etc.) involved in each show. I now know that everything will take more time than I think and plan accordingly. Luckily, I have a good husband who will pitch in and make dinner or run an errand for me.
Balancing our lives looks great on paper but when you do not allow flexibility you are thwarting your own peace of mind.
I read each day. I enjoy good fiction; my newspaper’s etiquette and advice columns; magazines; and online news. I listen to audio books when running, cooking, cleaning, and when nodding off to sleep. I must have a book at all times and others (many others!) waiting on my nightstand. I get a little nervous when there isn’t anything close by to read! Reading calms me and gives me just the right amount of escapism when I need it!
Other “B” things I love:
I INVITE YOU TO SHARE YOUR “B” LOVES! AN ESSAY, A ONE-LINER, A PARAGRAPH, IT DOESN’T MATTER!