I was on my way to find something beautiful today for Day 2 of my personal #Beauty4Balance challenge [See Day 1 Here] when I saw this ugly thing from the road. “What is that heap of brownish green grossness doing in the middle of that nice little park?” Is what crossed through my narrow little morning mind as I was driving past it.
But for some reason I felt curious about it. I decided to stop. I watched it for a little while and found myself mesmerized. I love the sound of fountains. I started feeling soothed. Right out of my “I wish it was Friday” Thursday morning grumps. The longer I looked at it- and as the sun poked it’s long rays out of the clouds to shine down on it – I started to see beauty in it.
Each individual water drop sparkled as they showered down like glitter. Life was bursting at the seams of the rocks and emerging out of it in every nook and cranny. And there were tiny little waterfalls forming as the water fell down onto the body of the fountain and I found myself wishing I was small enough to stand under them. It was so alive. So refreshing.
Sitting in this little park – feeling inspired and awakened by this fountain of life – I was so happy I stopped. I was reminded of a saying I’ve always loved but often neglect (I’ll have to come back to this post to site it later as I can’t recall who it is):
“Always Stop To Look at the View”
I wonder how much beauty we miss because we are looking for it under a different definition.
My lesson on #Beauty4Balance: Day 2 has been this – Slowwwwww Down. Beauty is all around us. Even “Ugly” is probably beautiful if you take the time to change your perspective.
~Be Gentle. Be Beautiful. Embrace the Mess.