In Others’ Words: In the Moment
It all started when we noticed a wooden bench in a yard we were walking past — a little bit of pretty, even though one arm on the bench was broken. Mary and I talked about that phrase — a little bit of pretty — and each morning after that our eyes — and our hearts — were wide open for more “pretties.”
Looking for beauty somewhere … anywhere … everywhere changed our walks. We’d walked the same 3 1/2 miles for weeks — sometimes clockwise, sometimes counterclockwise — but always the same streets. But now we were noticing things we hadn’t seen before.
Our perspectives changed.
And life is all about perspective.
I savored autumn a bit more this year as I walked and sought out each new a little bit of pretty.
And being so intentional helped me face a few emotional and spiritual challenges, too. Because, as Emerson says, there is beauty in each moment …
- even if the beauty is in knowing the moment will pass.
- Or knowing that you faced whatever challenge was in that moment — and conquered it.
- Or stood up to the fear — and somehow sifted it through your fingers and found God’s unwavering peace that passes all understanding.
- Maybe the beauty in a grief-filled moment was the silence of a friend who didn’t try to give you all the right answers … but instead, chose to just be with you.
In Your Words: What beautiful moments have you seen lately?
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