Beauty in the Ordinary

beauty in the ordinary

Do you look for beauty in the ordinary things of life?

It’s easy to take “ordinary” beauty for granted. But it’s out there, and will enrich our souls if we slow down enough to look for it!

Ordinary Beauty through the Eyes of Others

Our fall color season is almost over here in central Minnesota. It was extra lovely for me this year because I experienced it partially through the eyes of two important people in my life.

The first is my sister, Lisa. She moved to Mexico 25 years ago and hadn’t seen fall colors since, even though she’s been back many, many times. So this year she decided to take her vacation during the autumn.

Because I was on the lookout for colors for her, I noticed even more of them than usual! I planned a Girls’ Weekend Getaway with the women in our family (mom, two sisters, two sisters-in-law, daughter and niece) to northwest Wisconsin.

The Lord blessed us with a beautiful Vrbo home that opened up, and beautiful weather. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together, a couple lovely hikes and the great expanse of Lake Superior.

The second person is my friend, Kirsten. She and her family have been living in the South for almost 30 years, and finally moved back Up North. She’s soaking in all the fall color she can and posting her pics on Instagram—I love it!

Ordinary Beauty Comes in Different Sizes

Have you ever thought that beauty comes in different sizes?

Beauty can be immense. I love this quote from one of my favorite books, Jane Eyre, by author Charlotte Bronte:

“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us.”

– Charlotte Bronte

Beauty on a grand scale looks something like this:

fall color on trees
Brilliant fall color drapes the roadsides in northwest Wisconsin

And this:

sun setting on lake superior
The setting sun paints the surface of Lake Superior several shades of gold

And beauty also comes in small packages, sometimes hidden away from everyone but those who slow down to search for it.

Another favorite quote is this one from poet, Sara Teasdale:

“Look for a lovely thing and you will find it,
It is not far—
It never will be far.”

– Sara Teasdale

Hidden beauty in ordinary places looks like this:

red oak leaves
Bright red oak leaves in a still-green forest
water droplets - ordinary beauty
Water droplets on fallen leaves
aster and butterflies
These brilliant aster were being flocked by butterflies and bumblebees…off the path a ways

When we look off the path…up…behind us…we see things we’d miss otherwise.

One of the best things about making Nature a regular part of life is being surrounded by this kind of both grand and hidden beauty everywhere.

Ordinary Beauty Comes in Different Ways

And beauty isn’t just for our eyes. Our ears can hear it—birds…a creek gurgling…waves…the breeze through the three tops. We can smell it—rain…the woods…the ocean. We can feel it—the warm sun…a cool breeze…an icy mountain stream.

We don’t all find the same things beautiful—and that’s good! That’s part of our uniqueness…and the uniqueness of others.

And often we find beauty in and among the people we’re with. In the kind gestures and words of both those we know well and total strangers.

So, next time you’re outside being active, pay attention to the beauty all around you. Notice the grand, but also look for the hidden.

It won’t be far!

It’s never far.

red maple leaves ordinary beauty
Red maple leaves hung up on a pine tree provide a brilliant splash of color in the woods
(photo courtesy of my sister, Katy Lesiak)

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