Living in the Midwest can sometimes make it hard to find beauty right where you are. With the extra brutal winters of late and string of rainy days, it can feel like only gray and brown exists. Cabin fever sets in. Restlessness. Even depression.
And if you can’t afford to get away for a break – it can feel like you are stuck in some forsaken, barren land.
Well – that’s at least my take on it. Or…it was for many years.
I used to think – if ONLY I could get to somewhere with clear tropical waters, flowers in abundance, sunshine and life! THEN I could find some beauty.
Over the past few years I have launched a new quest for myself and sanity to find beauty right where I am. Right in my own back yard…at any given time of the year.
It has required some childlike perspective and open mindedness. It has required me to get close and deep and sometimes in uncomfortable angles to get close enough to see it.
For example. What do you see here?
Just a plain old bench.
But wait…it frosted last night. AGAIN! I am so sick of frost and cold!
Yet…Take a closer look.
Still…nothing super amazing I guess. But what if you looked even closer and harder?
Dude…What is this? Diamonds? Crystals?
Click on the picture to see it even closer and it really comes to life.
Wow! That’s it! Beauty. Right here in the gray boring Midwest. Right there on my patio bench. Hiding right under my nose.
Right under your nose too.
Life can be hard. It can drag us down now and then. Sometimes all you want or need is just a little glimmer of hope. Something to look forward to. An unexpected beautiful surprise.
Instead of being frustrated at what feels like an eternal winter or late spring, try to find some amazing hidden beautiful surprise. Something you have probably walked right by a million times but never took the time to get close enough.
Once you find that first hidden beautiful thing, you are going to want to run and share it with someone. It’s pretty powerful. And catching.
Whether it is a water drop on a blade of grass, clouds in an interesting formation, a sun dog, frost up close, or whatever – it is all part of a new perspective that has a way of carrying over into other areas of life.
Good luck finding something completely ordinary, and then finding something completely extraordinary when you take the time.