Thursday, March 19, 2009

Simple Beauty

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

For various reasons, this week has been one of those weeks. I feel both physically and emotionally drained. I’m worried too, about the state of the economy and my job. I want to make changes in my life, which leaves me filled with a sense of excitement and anxiety. Some of these thoughts terrify me. Most of these worries are over things that I have no control over. Once again I am left fighting an internal battle, one that I am currently losing, over things that I can control and those that I can’t. One of these days I will learn the difference, or maybe I won’t. Maybe its one of those on going processes that is never quite finished.

I had some errands to run today on my lunch hour all of which I was able to complete surprisingly quickly. Left with more than 40 minutes, I went to a nearby park, and drove to a secluded spot at the top of a hill overlooking a lake and playground. Its once of those deceptively nice days today, the sun is out but there is a cool breeze. Undeterred, I rolled down the windows, turned the car off and just sat back, closed my eyes and listened to the sounds around me. When I opened them I noticed an older man and his dog. They were sitting on top of a picnic table, the man tenderly stroking his aged Golden Retrievers white fur slowly and methodically. The mans face was lined with creases and the dogs eyes showed a wise maturity as his head rested on his paws. They were completely content to be sitting there, enjoying each others company. Enjoying the cool, yet sunny day and just seemed happy being together.

There in that moment, the sight of the man and his dog was astonishingly beautiful. It was a simple, elegant beauty that gently reminded me to always keep in mind the simple things in life. An email from a friend. Finding a few dollars in a coat you haven’t worn since last year. A cup of coffee enjoyed in complete silence while watching the sun rise. The sound of a friends laughter over a treasured memory. The simple act of calmly stroking your loyal dogs fur.

No matter what happens, no matter what sort of turmoil is going on around or within me, there will always be so many simple beautiful moments. I just have to open my eyes and look. And when I do, my worries and fears are instantly calmed, even if only for a little while.

Where have you found beauty today?

13 comments:

Blonde said...

Thank you for this small reminder that even when I'm stressed, there are so many good things around me to take joy in.

Today, I helped distribute the Printed Blog at one of the Chicago train stations. It made me feel so good to smile and say hi to so many people that walked by and wish them a nice day. I didn't realize the impact such a simple gesture would have on me and everyone else.

And it is ALWAYS awesome when you find a sale. Today, I found soft, mushy, plump faux-down pillows for $4 each!

nory said...

My beauty in today was having a real heart-to-heart with a coworker, chatting with Irish's sister for a few minutes about dinner tonight, and receiving some helpful advice and good news from my doctor. I can't forget the awesome blog friends and the great comments they have left me in the last few days (you included!) =)

jnyfritz said...

that was gorgeous! the beauty i sensed today (because i couldnt really see it) was an overheard phone conversation between my boss and his wife who has just finished her cancer treatments. and his comment of 'we have made it through' really made me grateful for the people in my life.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

What a wonderful reminder. There's so much going on in the world around us, sometimes we forget we can put the brakes on, even if just for a few moments.

Trina G. said...

I LOVE finding money in my pockets. That always makes me smile.

When Asa looked at me so innocently today and said "isn't this a great day Mum?"....that was a nice little thing that made my day.

you are on my mind:)

Bayjb said...

I seriously want to hug you right now because I'm totally there too. I need to do what you did and take a moment to enjoy the smaller things in life.

Redhoon said...

I went to a Flower & Patio show with my Mom. Spending time with her ogling at tulips and azaleas made for a pretty great Thursday. :) Thanks for your post--I'll need reminders of that once my spring break is over and I'm a grumpy student again.

LBluca77 said...

Oh man did I need to read this post. I feel the same as you right now. But sometimes it is so hard to remember the simple things in life and how important they actually are.

Andy said...

Well, today wasn't that pleasant. But something beautiful? The sight of my 3 dogs asleep with me on my bed. I was ffeling like crap and they were checking on me :D

michellewoo said...

We're all in such a flurry these days. My mind is in 100 places at once and it can be maddening. It's good to just embrace one simple thing at a time. Thanks for this reminder.

Little Fish said...

Sorry, I've been a crappy commenter lately- I'm still getting over being sick, yuck!

I'm glad that you were able to find your smile.

LiLu said...

They were planting the flower beds along the streets of DC with pansies and daffodils as I walked to work yesterday. THAT made me happy... Spring is so close!

Auburn Kat said...

I found beauty today in a nap=)