Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Beautiful Optimism

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Art"

Today was a gray and snowy day. More snow. More cold. Easy to get discouraged and disgruntled as a citizen of Massachusetts where we already have 20 more inches of snow this winter than we did last. It is also really easy to get moody, even depressed. The winter doldrums. A good time to look to the above quote which I have tacked to my inspiration board above my desk in my office.

Find the beauty.

More miracles.
Gazillions (ok, may be an exaggeration) of snowflakes falling from the sky each different from the next and any that came before.
An untouched world of sparkling white.
Trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue.
Reason to hold those you love a little tighter, keep them warm and close.
Rosy cheeks.
Snow becomes water to feed the roots of the flowers so they'll bloom in spring.
Quiet stillness.

Just like that, the beauty is found.

As Albert Camus said, "In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer."


  1. Lovely post. I don't live in a harsh winter place - our current 4 or 5 inches is probably all we will get this year - so I don't get the winter blues. Summer is when I need to be reminded to look for the beauty!

  2. I know about winter blues, I live in Minnesota and we have had a miserable winter. I will try to look for my invincible summer. Thank you for the lovely post.

  3. i see the shadows of winter smiling and waving!
    wonderful post!

  4. I am so with you on this one. We've had some success with even small gatherings of friends to "stir the embers".
    A trip towards the equator may be in order. ;)

  5. very nice,reading this gives warm feeling to bear winter of north east:)


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