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  1. Treasure

    that WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR A REASON….and its GODS doing. And at the end of the Day what that suffering brings it in me…..makes me stronger..emotionally, mentally and spiritually..

    1 year ago
  2. Grace

    This made me think of something I read recently. “The sculptor never told the marble it wouldn’t hurt. There is a certain beauty in your creation.” I think that it hits the nail on the head, at least for me. I am in my in-between. My becoming will not be graceful or easy, but it is beautiful.

    1 year ago
  3. Malag

    It’s hard to see beauty in the suffering. But in the moment while there is suffering it is there. For example: When I stop to notice something. Like a small child teetering while walking and just staying upright. Or a dog so enthusiastic that it wags its whole body. Or the clear drops of dew holding to a green leaf.

    1 year ago
  4. O.Christina

    Compassion and an open heart.

    1 year ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    Just knowing that people care and want to be of help when I am struggling with something difficult helps me to see the beauty even in the midst of suffering. With difficulty comes much support, at least for me.

    1 year ago
  6. d
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    Human Spirit

    1 year ago
  7. Dusty Su

    When we recognize brokeness in ourselves through other’s sufferings, we connect and begin to heal parts of humanity and the planet in a divinely compassionate manner.

    Large spaces are opened up within us which enables us to sit more comfortably with the other’s pain. When we can sit and recognize their pain, we may find ways to help them carry it, and take responsibility for any part we play in it in the first place.

    1 year ago
  8. Melissa

    Nature especially after the rain. There are now mushrooms everywhere coming up. A monarch butterfly flew by and gave me hope for them to keep surviving. A smile from a stranger while I went for a walk. Always working at surrendering to the moment. Still I weep for the suffering in this world right now.

    1 year ago
  9. Melissa

    Just looking around at the people that I love, looking out at nature, thinking about some or all of the things that God has done for us.

    1 year ago
  10. Don Jones

    “Following the breath to the safe island of mindfulness, where in the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

    1 year ago
  11. pkr

    Mother Nature. The big trees, birds singing, glorious flowers….My narcissuses/paper whites are flowering now, they make me happy. 🙂

    1 year ago
  12. amacord

    There is always suffering in this life, our own suffering, the suffering of others, the suffering of the planet and all who exist here. When pain, loss and sorrow arrives on the doorstep we feel it profoundly. But just as suffering is with us, so too is beauty: a smiling child, the joy of nature, the healing sound of music, the written word, the perseverance of everyday heroes and she-roes who inspire us and sustain us during dark times. Suffering consumes us and hampers our ability to be buoyed by beauty but with grace and time we can recognize it and bring it into the difficult times.

    1 year ago
  13. June K C

    I’ve been having respiratory problems for the past month which needs further investigation by a pulmonologist. It has amazed me how much my son has been so caring and loving on both an emotional and practical level. It brings me joy in the midst of my suffering to see how much love my son has for me. And I for him. Though my body is heavy, my heart is light.

    1 year ago
  14. Marnie Jackson

    By choosing to look at the learning in a situation, I can see the potential and beauty. Learning to love, learning to accept, learning to be less judgmental, learning what I value….there is always potential for learning – even though many of the lessons are hard

    1 year ago
  15. Holly in Ohio

    Where there is suffering there are also some who are showing love and caring for those who suffer. Love is beautiful.. There is also the appreciation of those suffering for any care or empathy they receive. Empathy is beautiful. And people or animals who suffer, are still beautiful and deserving.

    1 year ago
  16. Mica

    Humph. I’m here and dawn hasn’t even ‘cracked’ today – tho I realize, happily, that my body thinks it’s an hour later than the clock says, since we are just now starting to save the daylight again. Do I see beauty even then there is suffering? I suppose so, in the sense that there is always suffering, and I do see beauty fairly often.

    1 year ago
  17. Javier Visionquest

    Pain, in life, is inevitable. Suffering is our choice.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      You’ve been looking awfully dark lately, Javier. I hope you’re at least more or less ok, which is sometimes the best one can hope fur, these days.

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        I have noticed it, too, Javier. What might we do to help you?

        1 year ago
        1. Javier Visionquest

          I only mean to say that the act of writing ourselves into the story behind pain is where suffering originates. I try to approach painful scenarios objectively.

          Thank you both, Mica and Holly; your concern is much appreciated but there’s nothing to read into anything I post here. I try for language that’s plain and direct. In fact, it’s the ‘humor’ part of my dark humor that’s often lost in text.

          1 year ago
  18. Howie Geib

    Paying attention. I am often in a default position of watchman: looking for threats coming from the distance. This is unfortunate, as an artist of sorts, I also, too, can scan my surroundings for something or someone of beauty. What helps is a thirst for beauty, a desire to find it. A resistance to the downward spiral that I can sometimes get trapped in that only sees how messed up the world is, and the abundance of gatherable evidence that this is so. And yet not ignore the evil, the warped intensity of our current situation, to hold both. And upon finding the beauty, if I can, point to it, so others might see it.

    1 year ago
  19. Nannette

    I try to be grateful for the beauty in my life. Concentrating on the suffering can eat away at an individual. It does not mean that we are not aware and do not care and help to the best of our ability….but we need to feed our soul with the goodness of life. Looking up my hollow this morning at the trees and the serenity of where I live. God is good,

    1 year ago
  20. DeVonna

    The natural world never fails to inspire me with its beauty and inherent dignity. Whether its a grove of oak trees, over-spreading the road, dripping with spanish moss or the never-ending waves against the shore…the sight, sounds, smells of nature reminds me I am not alone in the universe. My Creator lives in and through his creations, including me.

    1 year ago
  21. Carol

    A quote from poet David Whyte comes to mind: “Beauty is the harvest of presence.”

    1 year ago
  22. Michele

    When terrible things occur it brings out the good in people. Anytime there is a natural catastrophe you always see people wanting to help others out. Of course there is always nature too – you only need to look and see her beauty everywhere.

    1 year ago
  23. GratefulOne

    Noticing my breath and being more aware. These 2 small steps help me to awaken to beauty. I believe there is beauty in everything and try to find it everywhere. I have taught my daughter to observe the sun for beauty and she photographs the sky often.

    1 year ago
  24. Katrina

    I see beauty in the helpers who are tending to the suffering. For my peace of mind and heart it is important to actively look for the beauty in the midst of suffering, however it might present itself. It’s always there. But it presents differently, so it may be in unexpected ways or places.

    1 year ago
  25. sunnypatti48317

    Because I was taught the past several years to seek out the good, the beauty, I now am just drawn to it more easily. I can see it better than I used to. Just as there is always something to be grateful for, there is also always beauty to be found. It’s as simple as just looking up at the sky or at a flower.

    1 year ago
  26. EJP

    There is beauty in everything, a “silver lining” in all challenges and in all suffering. Holding this belief close to my heart helps me see beauty clearly.

    1 year ago
  27. Kevin

    Unfortunately, there will always be suffering somewhere to be found and addressed, which makes finding beauty wherever one can all the more vital.

    1 year ago
    1. DeVonna

      Where do you experience joy, Kevin? I find the older I get the more I appreciate the people in my life…relationships bring me joy.

      1 year ago
      1. Kevin

        So true, DeVonna, I have been rowing with a team of men and women going on twenty-two years. We come from all walks of life but the comradery we share, two, three, sometimes four times a week is really something special. And then there’s my Quaker faith community and the ministry that I am involved with in those circles, too. In each, rowers and members of my faith community in fellowship, are about the people first and foremost, a constant source of joy, interest, love, and friendships.

        1 year ago
  28. Christine

    I know that beauty nourishes my soul. That’s why I think it’s important that I always take care of that. Also in difficult times, that has the highest priority. And the good thing is that it also makes the suffering seem less bad.

    1 year ago

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