So much has happened in this year – I would not have believed it if you had told me this year would hold so much change and loss. But in the midst of all of that I still choose to see the beauty around – even the beauty in the loss and the grief. The old saying goes – you can be bitter or better – and I know for a fact you can make that choice – and I chose better. Pain builds endurance and endurance builds strength – and in strength lies great beauty.
The story of Rosa Parks is written in a book entitled “Quiet Strength” – and that for me describes her so perfectly – deep resolve and a quiet yet mighty force that changed the course of history. I see great beauty in this quiet strength.
My brother passed away suddenly less than a month ago, and I have found it difficult to write – I didn’t want to drag others down into my grief and I was not clear how to write about beauty in the midst of such loss. What I know deep within is that even in times when we lose we can find peace and joy – and I am finding that. Somewhere deep within we call on that quiet strength that comes from the exercise of the muscle – the muscle of endurance.
I made the decision a year ago to write not because I had an audience, or because I wanted to develop an audience, but rather because I wanted to express my love and appreciation for beauty – I wanted to celebrate the creative spirit – and this has become for me an outlet.
Beauty can be seen in so many places – if we only open our eyes – open our ears – open our hearts to it. Even in the midst of sadness beauty can be found – sometimes it is the loss that gives us the ability to appreciate what we do have. Light shines very bright when in a dark room. Joy is great when found through pain. Open your eyes – open your ears – beauty can be found.
After winter comes spring – and after spring comes summer – and although the the grass is brown and the branches are bare – it will not be long before new life will spring forth – beauty – new life – joy!
And so I celebrate one year on this blog! I am excited to see what this next year will hold! I know it will be wonderful – for joy does come in the morning!