Mother decided that she would simply display the blooms in a silver compote...
when we arrived at her condo tonight these gorgeous blooms greeted us.
I blurred the edges and enhanced the colour.
but they are equally beautiful in their natural state.
Beautiful aren't they?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
Beauty makes all the difference...
"A tulip doesn't strive to impress anyone.
It doesn't struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn't have to.
It is different.
And there's room in the garden for every flower.
You didn't have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else's on earth.
It just is.
You are unique because you were created that way.
Look at little children in kindergarten.
They're all different without trying to be.
As long as they're unselfconsciously being themselves, they can't help but shine.
It's only later, when children are taught to compete,
to strive to be better than others,
that their natural light becomes distorted."
~ Marianne Williamson ~
I have been thinking a lot about beauty these days.
In spite of the bleak winter weather the garden is coming alive.
The flowers are budding...
the birds are singing in the morning before first light until the sun sets in the sky.
There is much to be thankful for in the day.
Those little bits of beauty that surprise us when we least expect them.
The flowers growing in the cracks of concrete by the seashore.
A kind smile from a stranger that you pass in the street.
Picking up the phone to hear the voice of your best friend...
the sound of the kettle as it whistles when it boils.
That sweet taste of tea from a china cup which brings with it a sense of joy.
These simple everyday things are never taken for granted...
the "attitude of gratitude" is the simply the most empowering tool that I have embraced as an adult
if you have never thought about it you might like to start now...
it will change your life forever and for the better.
Look for beauty that will enrich your days...
I hope that you find some beauty this weekend.