by Beth Vogt @BethVogt
|"Each moment of the year has it's own beauty." Ralph Waldo Emerson|
Most of my days start with a good 3 1/2 mile walk with my friend Mary. We walk and talk—and we look for “a little bit of pretty,” as we’ve come to call it.
It all started when we noticed a wooden bench in a yard we were walking past—a little bit of pretty, even though one arm on the bench was broken. Mary and I talked about that phrase—a little bit of pretty—and each morning after that our eyes—and our hearts—were wide open for more “pretties.”
Looking for beauty somewhere … anywhere … everywhere changed our walks. We’d walked the same 3 1/2 miles for weeks—sometimes clockwise, sometimes counterclockwise—but always the same streets. But now we were noticing things we hadn’t seen before.
Our perspectives changed.
And life is all about perspective.
I savored autumn a bit more this year as I walked and sought out each new a little bit of pretty.
And being so intentional helped me face a few emotional and spiritual challenges, too. Because, as Emerson says, there is beauty in each moment …even if the beauty is in knowing the moment will pass.
Or knowing that you faced whatever challenge was in that moment—and conquered it.
Or stood up to the fear — and somehow sifted it through your fingers and found God’s unwavering peace that passes all understanding.
Maybe the beauty in a grief-filled moment was the silence of a friend who didn’t try to give you all the right answers … but instead, chose to just be with you.
In Your Words: What beautiful moments have you seen lately?
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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Connect with Beth on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or check out her blog on quotes, In Others’Words.