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:
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,– Sara Teasdale
It is not far—
It never will be far.”
Hidden beauty in ordinary places looks like this:
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.
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Sharon is the founder and publisher of Active Outdoor Women. She loves getting outside in beautiful places to hike, paddle, camp, snowshoe, ski, ride—and encouraging others to come along! Besides maintaining AOW and her other website, Twin Cities Outdoors, Sharon writes and designs websites, newsletters, blogs, emails, books and other marketing tools for clients.