Sunday Morning

[…] Perhaps you feel it, too, as this long, hard year draws to a close — a newfound tenderness for even the smallest, most familiar sounds and sights and textures of a day, along with a heightened awareness of just how fragile and precious each moment really is. Whether or not we have lost loved ones, jobs, routines, or even faith, none of us are who we were a year ago. We’ve been remade, invisibly yet irrevocably, both by our collective grief and by our dawning recognition of the truth of who we are – connected, interdependent, vulnerable, mortal. And, just perhaps, if we’re lucky, we’ve also been altered by wonder.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned about myself during these many months of being home and being quiet. And surely the most profound lesson has been that, in spite of everything, there is beauty and meaning to be found in life as it is, right here, right now. It’s become my daily challenge, and my daily choice, to find it. As British botanist Kathleen Basford observed, “It is when we are confronted with poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth.”

If this time is our only time, and it is, then surely we do owe it to ourselves, and to each other, to pay attention, to look deeply, to listen closely, and to respond to all of it, somehow, with love and gratitude. […]

In her memoir “Wild,” Cheryl Strayed recalls her beloved mother’s parting advice to her, before her too-early death from cancer. “There is always a sunrise and always a sunset,” she told her daughter. “And it’s up to you to choose to be there for it. Put yourself in the way of beauty.”

“Put yourself in the way of beauty.” It’s such a simple instruction. And yet, what a powerful and useful reminder this is as we cross the threshold into an even more challenging time. A reminder that we do have a choice to make each day, no matter how dark and difficult the path may be. We can choose where we put our attention, what we share, what we bow to, what we love – not in spite of what else is going on around us, but because of it. […]

—  Katrina Kenison, from “choosing beauty” @ katrinakenison.com, December 31, 2020


Notes:

  • Putting myself in the way of beauty again this morning.  DK @ Daybreak. Jan 4, 2021. 6:30 to 7am. 30° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford CT.

Comments

  1. a wonderful reminder

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  2. Thank you for sharing. It’s so nice to read these gentle reminders to be cheerful 🙂

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  3. Beauty matters…lovely images so calm 💫

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  4. And so glad that you did, pal. Love these ‘Studies in Blue.’ I was so moved by Katrina’s post when I read it the other day. She has a remarkable way of cutting right to the heart of things. Here’s to finding beauty in our world….

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  5. Oh yes… Beautiful share to go with your beautiful images. I think I may have to borrow the quote Katrina borrowed from Cheryl Strayed…

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  6. Wonderful words!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I too am OK with these days of solitude. I have actually enjoyed them!! … ““There is always a sunrise and always a sunset,” she told her daughter. “And it’s up to you to choose to be there for it. Put yourself in the way of beauty.”

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  8. Love this “put yourself in the way of beauty”. Reminds me of an other wisdom “move the way love makes you move, not fear”. So often we put ourselves in the way of lacking, negative beliefs, or allow our mood of resentment to be the way… beautiful photos Dave 💕

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  9. Yes!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    All of this, together, just beautiful. These are probably my most favorite photos of all the ones you’ve taken. So evocative.

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  11. (Don’t know why my comment above showed up as anonymous…)

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  12. I love this…

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