Thursday, July 30, 2009
Beauty in the Commonplace
I do love this quotation. It reminds me to look for beauty in the little things of everyday. Right now, it's so hot I can hardly think, but I can hear my neighbour's water fountain trickling coolness in the evening. Cold soups have become a staple for dinner. I make one in the morning and it sits, melding flavours beautifully and getting cold in the refrigerator all day.
Last night we went to the lake. I swam and swam until I had goosebumps. We were in the water for over an hour, floating on tubes, or swimming lazily and chatting.
And last night we slept outdoors again. I was awake for a long time - I forgot that the iced tea I made was caffeinated - oh dear. But I lay and looked at the stars and saw two more shooting stars. Now, I have to ask myself, are there always this many? And why don't I see them? Then I realized - I'm usually in my room at midnight, not laying outside looking up at the sky. And it made me think - how many more wonders are out there that I don't even notice, because I'm not looking. It's a reminder to me to keep my eyes open no matter where I am.