New Blog Series: Where the Beauty Is

“Today, like every other day,
we wake up empty
and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and
kiss the ground.”
-Rumi

Let the beauty we love be what we do.  As the news blares on about the latest gun shooting and our heart aches as we watch loved ones suffer, beauty and joy can seem elusive, like they are something that we reach for but never quite obtain.

Where is the beauty?

nighthike

Pausing to take in the scenic snowfall on a challenging night hike up Southwest Hunter Mountain.

I find myself wondering this on a daily basis.  Yet, in my journeying, living and hiking, I have discovered that even on the most difficult climbs, the beauty is there, all around, in the nature, in the relationships forged, in the quiet determination to put one foot in front of the other.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

Even in moments of difficulty, the Reverend Bob Beverley reminds us that what “you really need to know and feel and dance to and dwell on with all your heart is that there is poetry to be read, music to be nourished by, and person after person to be seen in all their glory and depth; there is still a whole universe of stars and fishes and birds and butterflies and waterfalls to pay attention to; there is still a multitude of good people (more than you can count) who cry over human pain and folly and do something about it every day …

this is where we must look, this where we must attend, this is our holy work.” (Peace etc., p.90)

This is our holy work.

This blog series is one way for me to steep in the vista that is all around; as I soak in the beauty of poets, artists, people of faith, hikers, entrepreneurs and dreamers alike, I will pass along the loveliness to you so that together we might pause and take it in.

Where is the beauty?

I would love to hear your answer to that question.

Wishing you joy, peace and delight on your journey, this new year and always.

Joy

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