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Finding the Beauty in Life

Added by Holger Bergner on June 26, 2013. · No Comments · Share this Post

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A Compilation

I’ve discovered that even if you’re not exactly where you’d like to be, that doesn’t mean that life right now can’t be beautiful or enjoyable. And the best part is, you don’t have to do anything to make it beautiful. It already is beautiful. All you have to do is open your eyes.—Jonathan Mead

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He has made everything beautiful in its time.—Ecclesiastes 3:11 1

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My husband’s grandma, Nana Mae, was someone who never lost sight of the beauty around her. There wasn’t a time you were with her that she didn’t compliment you, or tell you how pretty something was.

I’ll never forget the time Mike and I drove her to Los Angeles for Christmas. We were at a gas station along our drive on I-5 when Nana suddenly pointed her finger out the window and said, “Beautiful.”

I looked to see what she was talking about…

All I saw was a green garbage truck pulled over near the gas station.

That’s a beautiful green,” she said, shaking her head. She was looking right at the truck.

I smiled.

She was talking about a garbage truck, but still, she saw beauty in it.

As moms, we can choose whether or not we see the beauty, too. We can look for the beautiful right in the middle of what sometimes feels like the garbage of our days—the messes all over the house, the kids’ arguing, the crazy running around.

And we play a huge role in whether or not we set a “beautiful” tone for our families.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you carrying the beauty? Or are you seeing the garbage truck (like I did) instead of its rich, green color?

Are you catching the memories that are being made right in front of you, or are you losing your patience and longing for just-one-minute-alone?

Are you savoring today, or do you just want time to speed up so your kids grow into the next phase when, hopefully, things will be easier?

Are you stopping to love and soak in these moments of being a [parent] to a newborn, a six-month-old, a two-year-old, or even a teen?
It’s sometimes hard to do (believe me, I know), but that is where the real beauty is—in those intentional moments of soaking it in, in those choices to appreciate and marvel at all that comes with being a [parent].

When we do, we find it.

We find the beautiful.

Wishing you many beautiful moments today!—Adapted from Genny Heikka2

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“Everything is beautiful in its own way, like a starry summer night or a snow-covered winter’s day!” as the old Ray Stevens song goes. It’s inspiring to watch God’s beautiful creation and creatures from the window, to see how well organized the Lord’s creation is, how peaceful and beautiful. It helps you trust in Him. When we realize what good care God takes of all His creation, we know He’ll take good care of us too.—Unknown Author

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.—Confucius

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How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
the news that the God of Israel reigns!—Isaiah 52:73

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Tips for daily living

Find beauty in the little things. It’s amazing to me how when I stop the incessant mental chatter and actually just see things, I am blown away by how beautiful they are. The trees swaying, the leaves blowing around on the ground, the waves crashing on the shore. The simplest of things have the most profound beauty. But you can only see them if you’re really there. If your mind is brooding, if you’re off somewhere else, you’ll completely miss them.

Embrace your artistry. If you think you’re not a creative person, I’m here to respectfully tell you—you’re wrong. You couldn’t not create, even if you wanted to. Every time you open your mouth, every story you tell yourself about the drama in your life, is an act of creation. You’re constantly shaping, reinventing, and writing the story of your life. Once you recognize this, it’s much more powerful for you to see yourself as an artist rather than a non-creative person. So the question is: What story will you create today?

Live without limits. Some limits are positive and necessary (like speed limits), but a lot of the limits we place on our lives block us from experiencing our full potential. Arbitrary limits, like fearing to reach out to a homeless person or talk to [people we don’t know], restrict the flow of love in our lives.

Realize that beauty can be found in the most mundane. Beauty is not always realized through a life-changing moment or a great epiphany. It’s not always hidden in a rainbow, in an earth-shattering orgasm, or found skydiving at 5,000 feet above the ground. Beauty is often found through looking into a newborn’s eyes, in the blooming of a flower, or in paint peeling off an old fence. It’s often where you least expect it.

See for the first time. Sometimes we get bogged down in schedules and obligations, and we lose our sense of wonder about the simple joys of life. Just quieting yourself internally and opening yourself up to an experience can allow you to view it again for the very first time. When you’re listening to music, imagine that you might have not been born with the ability to hear. When you reach out to touch someone, think about how many people don’t have use of their limbs. When you observe your surroundings, imagine you’re seeing color for the first time.

Live intimately with life. The next time you have a drink of coffee or tea, completely take in the smell and the flavor of the beverage. When you breathe, feel the air enter your lungs. When you walk, really feel the ground beneath your feet. The amount of beauty you experience in life is largely related to your level of intimacy with life. If you’re walking around disconnected, you overlook the wealth of artistry that is available to you right now.

Make your passion a priority. It’s easy to get wrapped up in doing all of the things that we think must get done. Wanting everything to be perfect gets in the way of having time for the things you really care about. While the errands and things on your to-do list might be necessary, it’s important to make the things you love a priority. If you have a hard time with distractions getting in your way, make a specific time during your day that is sacred, where you only do what you really want to do. … Whatever it is, you have to make it a priority or it will get lost in the vacuum of the minutiae abyss.

Focus on the good. The reason still puzzles me, but we humans have a tendency to focus on the negative in events, circumstances, and people. We have a tendency to count our misfortunes and all the things that are lacking before we count our blessings. Make a habit of focusing on all the things you’re grateful for and you will open yourself up to experiencing the beauty of life.

Give something away. I’ve found that the best way to reconnect with how beautiful life can be is to give something away. It doesn’t have to be anything material. It can be a compliment, a smile, or a positive intention for someone else. Sometimes the greatest gift you can give is sincerely giving your presence.

This list is, by no means, exhaustive. These are just the things that have worked for me. Experiment on your own and take chances. Sometimes a deep breath or a smile at [someone] is all it takes to bring you back into a state of presence.Jonathan Mead 4

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(Prayer:) Jesus, Your love for me is a transforming miracle in my life. Finding You was like finding the setting that turned my drab grayscale existence into full and vibrant color. Everything looks different now that You’ve changed me, and I can no longer imagine an existence without the warmth and color and beauty that You bring. Everything is beautiful when seen through Your eyes.

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The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices.
—Psalm 16:5–9
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