Sometimes seeing beauty is a choice.
When life gets hard, when diagnoses come that are terminal, we have a choice. Will we purpose to look for the beauty around us? Will we help others look for beauty in their situations?
We can be wrapped up in the pain, the darkness. Or we can choose to search for the beauty. In a child’s cuddle, seeing his/her heart as they seek to bring comfort. In the wagging tail of a dog, a nudge and hints for a walk or a petting. In the weed-flowers that grow in our lawns (dandelions, anyone?). That splash of yellow amid the green? They’re persistent, but they add color to the green canvas.
In the hum a hummingbird makes as it flits across the yard. The sound of rain falling outside the window. And my favorite sound: children’s laughter.
I am not making light of the difficulties life throws at us. And some deal with far more agony, darkness, than I do. It is easy to allow pain to discourage and defeat us when it is ongoing. But what if we choose to see beyond the immediate? To seek the beauty that filters hope through our circumstance and strengthens us to bear up under the difficulties we face?
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on the hard of life because it’s front and center in our thoughts and understanding. When life tosses us illness, injury, the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one . . . These are the things that demand our attention. They sap energy and joy from our days.
We can focus on circumstances, or we can look beyond them and choose to focus on the beauty God has placed around us. It’s there. If we’ll look for it.
Beauty is all around us. When the darkness comes, we have to choose to look for beauty. Discovering beauty somewhere in our world offers hope when all else in our life speaks hopelessness.
***If you’re interested, this story about 800 pictures of beauty inspired today’s thoughts.***
What about you? What is beautiful in your eyes? How do you find hope when life seems hopeless?