Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, anytime. Thich Nhat Hanh (Being Peace).
Do you ever get caught up in your sorrows and disappointments so that you lose perspective? I sure do. But it helps me when I catch myself doing this to stop for a moment, to pause, to exercise “mindfulness”, and appreciate the beauty that is around me. And, if this beauty is not immediately present, I can recall the beauty that I have seen and will see again.
I have here just one glimpse of beauty that was caught by my mother-in-law’s eye several years ago. It is stunning. And deer, and birds, and squirrels, and the rest of god’s critters are just marvelous. And I didn’t even mention dachshund puppies who just totally slay me, especially the two that I own.