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Our Christmas tree. We are putting it up today, and all of the ornaments have memories for me. As I put each ornament on the tree, and remember that time in my life, I will pay special attention to the beauty of that moment in time…..
Let’s see, today I gave special note to the dozen or so homing pigeons swooping in sync, landing in a crooked line on one bare lone branch. The line held until one single crow decided it might be fun to dive in and mess with them with his raucous caw. Or perhaps it was the blue spruce elegantly sharing space with a brilliant chartreuse Rising Sun and a red Serviceberry. The topper was the sparkling blue lights warming the wreath with her big red bow planted near my door.
The city I live in. I found new appreciation in my surroundings – the architecture, the people, the noise, the food!
The beauty in my chaotic kinetic sand art. I followed ‘bentilly’ Day 5 and sat at a different seat in my dining room, which put the light in a different direction on the sand art – I’ll post a photo in the Lounge.
I was allowed to listen deeply to the people I encountered..
I think eyes. They are a universe, each and every one of them.
I’ve been following the moon phases (in a more devoted way than I have in the past) and every evening I experience anew the beauty of the night sky. I find a great deal of reassurance in knowing when and where to expect the moon. Last night in the early evening Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus were all visible and bright surrounding the lovely crescent moon just after sunset.
I’m focusing today on my neighborhood where I’ve lived for twenty-seven years. I had the chance to visit some neighbors yesterday because of a neighborhood project I was overseeing. What I experienced was a neighborhood that’s changing — and I would say — in good ways. When I bought my home, there was only one non-white family. Today, we look and feel more like what the United Nations was envisioned to be. This happened as first owners sold homes to move into retirement communities. New owners settled in quickly — were welcomed and they began participating in our neighborhood activities. All of this happened with no animosity — just welcomes, smiles, and we’re glad you’re here.
As I was drinking my coffee this morning, I thought — this is how the world could be — if people would just get out of their own way and look at their neighbor with kinder eyes and open hearts.
The beauty of a kindred spirit….and how special it is to have that person in my life.
The beauty of my hometown. I rarely sit amidst it all, usually opting to walk through hastily, but today I sat on a bench in the middle of the town for a while and enjoyed looking at the layout and architecture. I was grateful to have that moment. Oh and a little green frog I saw on top of a drain! I haven’t seen a frog for a long time 🙂
The photos that are sometimes posted on telegram. I’ve been sending them out to people more often.
i saw a beautiful pink sky and i was like wowww !! i need to take minute and pause and look at it
It rained last night. The clouds are parting as the sun is rising. It’s still cold outside, but the air is so fresh. It’s so peaceful and relaxing right now.
I will give my attention to the natural beauty of the season and reflect on the underlying emotion of negativity and anxiety that I normally feel this time of year.
I will offer my attention to the beauty of quality time
I guess the simple things, the things I often overlook or take for granted. Health, comfort, safety, I live a very enjoyable life. Sometimes I feel guilty, when I think about people struggling near and far away…but I’ve struggled too. I know I don’t “deserve” the blessings I enjoy but I didn’t “deserve” to suffer either. I’d like to just enjoy life, without worry or care…release myself from the things that complicate my experience. I’m grateful to be here, on earth, at this time.
The beauty to which I attend today is still months off into the future. Perhaps “grateful unemployment” should be my focus
Thank you! My grateful unemployment/retirement will be in six months. I too need to offer my attention to this transition with joy.
The beauty of this next breath – and this one – and the next. The beauty of being able to care for others – and being cared for.
The first snowfall of the year this morning. A bright morning sun sparkling on the white dusting of snow!
When I sit down to write, or grab my camera to go out and take some pictures, this is the underlying question. It’s amazing how I never have to go very far. In reminiscing about the past, or recalling old friends, it is as if I have choices which will induce different directions or perspectives. The soundtrack if you will determine the flavor. Opera, burlesque, slapstick or romance. Bending my experience so as to influence my posture, the way I hold life in my hand. Open or clenched fist, the choice is mine. Being conscious of this is power.
When I learned to sail in a sunfish as a kid, I could see how the direction the wind blew didn’t necessarily force the direction I could navigate, the course I would take was a matter of understanding how to adjust the sail and the tiller, making it possible for me to rein the wind to my will. That is what I mean, letting the winds of life become an asset to further whatever way I see as mine. That is beautiful, and that is what I tend to keep a watch for this morning.
It is coming up soon to the so-called “Season” which gives attention to a very important event …it is seen in different way depending on one’s disposition etc etc…..but none the less , when one takes it from simply being another “event” in human history to one of actually experiencing by Living the Beauty of it IN oneself it is truly a “Beauty to be payed attention to” because it is in essence who/what every Human Being IS.
………words along wont lead to that realization ….but here is a quote anyway ….
“Thank the Absolute Infinite Beingness, Life. Because, you are part of that Life. Ask, and it will be given to you. Knock and it will be opened to you. Ask for the health of the material body. You need it to be healthy. Ask for help so that you’ll use the Mind in a proper way to face your present-day duties, having a companion, a husband, a wife, children, to fulfill your duties towards God and towards man. Enough.”
It froze last night in the Netherlands, and this morning I saw the first ice flowers of the year. I can remember as a child I was delighted to have them molded on my cold bedroom window. I then made a very small opening, I didn’t want to destroy the flowers, to be able to look out through the window, to a wonderful frozen world. ❄☃️❄
I’m waiting for the sun to rise so I can offer some attention to that beauty 🙂
Fresh snow….a clean slate.
I suppose I can offer it to the woman I live with even if this isn’t an ideal situation we are stuck in
love Loreena McKennitt! amazing voice:)
Watch you multiply stuff you are grateful for when they lock you up in a cage haha then you will see what there was to lose amigo.
Sry I often critique myself in poor humor
The construct, conciseness, and brevity of today’s Daily Question is itself a thing of beauty. Rather than cluttering my response with more words, I’m taking the question into my heart for what it will reveal today.
sleep – need more of it:)
Sleep. What’s that? Agree totally, Michele. I fall asleep within minutes, but struggle to make it past the five, sometimes six-hour mark.to make it to the magical seventh and eighth hour of sleep.
None. A chasm I didn’t ask to walk through I find myself in.
And yet, no doubt, today you now are in the prayers of our little online community… may you find your way out of this chasm — may your feet be strong as they carry you and your heart be without fear. Many/All of us have found ourselves in chasms so we are with you in spirit.
A very life worn man who was deeply affected by alcoholism and schizophrenia. I looked for the sacred in his being. It was buried under layers of fear, anger, pain, but beauty, too.
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