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The Beauty We Live In

What do you see?

Everything is so fast-paced that no one takes the time anymore to really enjoy their surroundings; take in the beauty of the tree, the sounds as the rivers flow, or the feel of the grass and/or sand under their feet. There is so much going on around us that gets taken for granted, things that we don't even realize we are underappreciating because it's all we have ever known. There are many beautiful things in today's world, both manmade and natural, that everyone takes for granted on a daily basis. One of the many natural creations that I have always seemed to take for granted just so happens to be the clouds that delicately float above us in the sky.

They are a delicate thing that has the ability to create visual images that many people can interpret differently to match the things going on in their own minds and/or lives. A cloud can be many different colors, shapes, and sizes because of the wind, sun, and life around it. The clouds I am currently looking at appear to me as a large ocean wave on the verge of a crest, and just in front of the crest is an opening with streams of light appearing, thus creating a heavenly look. It provides me with a type of calming effect that makes me feel as though we are not alone in this world because there is something that has created this wonderful scene unfolding before me. The blue of the sky is the perfect shade of Cyan and yet it's not the first time such a scene has made my heart seemingly skip a beat.

When flying in an airplane we have the opportunity to actually be among the clouds and appreciate them from a whole other perspective. We get to look out of the window and see all the curves, shadows, and different textures that they're composed of. I am proud to live in such a beautiful place where I can just look at the sky, take a deep breath, and in an instant feel completely different than the moment before. It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by so many amazing things, a blessing that I take for granted more often than not. I realize that I am not the only one, but I feel as though we all need to realize the complexity that must have gone into the creation of our world... Universe even. The sky can go from sunny and clear one moment and then the very next we can be getting bombarded with a downpour of rain, which could last moments or sometimes even hours. Life is a funny thing and so is the earth we live on.

I want you to go outside, look out your window, or think about the last time you were in a place you truly got to observe nature. Don't just glaze over the surface, find something that may seem simple at first and then describe it with the mindset that everything around us is a miracle. Describe it and the qualities that have made it miraculous to your eyes. Talk about where it is found, what it looks like, the way it feels, the specific smell it has, and the feeling it evokes within you when you think about how amazing it really is. Once you decide to change your perspective and look at things with a fresh pair of eyes, you may be able to find that your attitude about many things may also begin to change.

Take the time to realize that beauty can be found wherever you look. It just takes the blink of an eye.

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