We have a cabin near the Grand Tetons in Idaho, and we spent a few days there this past week. The weather was rainy and cold. Snow covered the mountain tops. The chill of winter was in the air.
Our granddaughters had just watched The Sound of Music, and loved singing the songs and pretending that they were Maria.
I looked out the window one dismal afternoon, while mopping the floor, and noticed them twirling in the harvested wheat field, singing, "The hills are alive with the sound of music." Now I have a pretty good imagination, but there was no Swiss mountain meadow grass out there. There was only the wheat stubble, and it wasn't soft and green, it was stiff and prickly. There was no sunny bright sky. The chilly fall day was overcast and rainy.
The children didn't care about any of that. They were singing their hearts out and enjoying themselves.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein.
Sometimes we get bogged down in the reality of the moment, as I did that rainy day, only seeing the negative. Do you find yourself feeling rushed, over worked and full of anxiety about getting your 'to do' list completed? When I find myself in that state of mind, I begin to snap at people--usually the people I love the most. I don't like that exhausted, burned out, irritable feeling.
Take a mental break for a moment and fill your mind with beauty. Enjoy a "Sound of Music" interlude in your busy day. I put down my mop, sat on the step watching them, and let their view of the day seep into my own life.
1. Look for the beauty around you.
2. Compose your own splendor from within as our granddaughters did.
3. Visualize being in your favorite place.
4. Breathe deeply and fill yourself with light.
In just a moment you have created your own inner beauty--your own mini vacation, if you will. Can you feel yourself more relaxed? More peaceful? More positive?
Enjoy your own inner beauty.
Let us live for the beauty of our own reality. Charles Lamb
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