Slowing Down To See The Beauty

Most mornings I get up and open the blinds in the kitchen and on the back sliding door but today I didn’t. I was tired and really had no desire to wake up in a hurry. I wanted to enjoy the darkness a little longer.
But then Sister got up and walked to the sliding door. She peeked through the blinds and said “Mom, come look! You gotta see this.” So I got up and looked and saw the most amazing sky. It was awash with orange, fluffy, meringue looking clouds.

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{Note: I did not do any color adjustment on this photo. That’s the real deal, folks.}  
It was beautiful and I almost missed it! I was too focused on my tired, old self to look around and see the beauty.
How often do we do this? We allow ourselves to get so busy; our lives so filled up. Our focus shifts to work projects, laundry, cooking, bills, our kids’ activities, how tired we are, how stressed we are, how much everyone.else.expects.of.us.
And in the midst of all the chaos we miss the beauty.
We don’t see the soft warm glow of the sun trickling through the leaves or the smile on our child’s face when we enter the room.  We miss the wildflowers blowing in the breeze on the side of the road and the striking colors of a sunset.

We are surrounded by precious gifts of beauty from God every moment of every day. 

So today, lets resolve to slow down a little. Let’s open the blinds so we don’t miss these gifts of beauty. And by doing so, perhaps our focus will shift off of ourselves and our “busy”ness and onto the Creator and Provider of the beauty.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.