When I read the title quote for today’s blog (Rumi) I knew this is what I wanted to address today… because every day when I wake up I have the opportunity to discover something new and exciting. For me beauty is life…and I realize that it is the continuous search for beauty that makes my life so fulfilling.
It is what motivates me to write a blog post every day. I simply want to share the beauty of the world with the rest of the world. It appears in so many diverse forms…but if we look hard enough and long enough…we can find beauty in most situations we encounter in life…sometimes it takes awhile to reflect back on a challenging situation and see it differently with the passage of time… as being synonymous with beauty…but beauty is so in twined with life… it is impossible to separate the two.
There is the beauty of new relationships, the beauty of old relationships, and the beauty of the security of on-going relationships. There is beauty in words, phrases, and sentences…in comments, compliments, and conversation. There is beauty in the eyes of loving, giving individuals, beauty in laughter and even sometimes tears, beauty in birth and death.
We rise each morning to the beauty of glowing dawns and bid farewell to the day with the beauty of the myriad of colored sunsets. When we think about it….God created our home here on earth filled with beauty before He created us. He wanted everything to be just perfect before we entered the scene. And what a magnificent job He did.
*(I won’t spoil the beauty of this post today with how man has taken this mind-boggling gift and continues to destroy it with some of the worst choices ever…most involving greed…but we all know this anyway!)
Yesterday I walked around my garden and smiled at all the green stems slowly pushing up through the ground to reveal themselves and since I still can’t remember where everything is planted…I search in happy anticipation each morning to see what beauty will unveil and reveal itself to me.
It was just so drop-dead gorgeous yesterday I got in my clean “Surcie” and drove around the back roads and older sections of Summerville… stopping occasionally to pull over and just take in the sheer moments of beauty.
One of the most historic sights in Summerville is the old “carriage” entrance to the famous Pine Forest Inn where once Presidents and celebrities roomed.
The preserved entrance (the inn is long gone) is beautiful in every season as you can see. The title picture I took yesterday and the rare, memorable winter entrance scene (2018 Summerville snow and ice storm) I saved as a favorite.
As I continued along this historical neighborhood I had to stop and pull over again…look at this gorgeous (bush/tree…it has grown so tall)…At first I thought it was a red tip blooming but look at the clusters of red berries…it took my breath away. Any idea what it is… anyone?
*I was under this tree shooting the picture upward….where I could see the azure blue of the sky through small patches of branch openings…It is the closest I have ever felt to being transformed to a magical land…For a moment I thought I was in a technicolor movie.
In the beauty battle between the camellias and azaleas this season the camellias have definitely won…they came early, bloomed and continue to do so even as the first round of azaleas are already wilting and drying up…gone for another year. Still the azaleas are fabulous as well as the pretty petite purples that pop up unexpectedly in old hanging baskets…proudly announcing their survival of the winter season.
So until tomorrow…”May the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Go find the beauty that defines you.
“Today is my favorite thing.” Winnie the Pooh
Let me introduce you visually to Martin De Porres Wright and his lovely wife Bernadette from Ireland. Please stop by the Drop-in, Reception, Show and Sale this Saturday from 4-8 at Anne Peterson’s home…131 Scalybark Road (Walnut Farms) and meet the Wrights. You can’t go wrong!
*If you are like me…just listening to the Wrights talk makes me happy. 🙂
*Anne took this photo of the Wrights getting ready for the show…the all important hanging of the paintings….they make a great team because they have this part of the process down (excuse the pun) to a “fine art!”