Sunday, January 24, 2010

finding beauty

I found the charger for my camera. Can you tell? I don't want to spend my life as a victim.

I want to find joy and beauty in unexpected places.
I refuse to take score of all the 'bad things' that have happened in my life.

Because if you're looking for the bad things, that's all you'll see.

But if you can find the wonder and the radiance hidden within the sadness and fear, you can conquer, grow and thrive.
I don't want to just talk of that which has been done 'to me'. I want to marvel at all I have done.
I want to giggle, because screaming doesn't feel as nice.

I want to learn, because not learning would feel stagnant and boring.
I want to look from different angles and in different ways...and maybe see a different perspective.
I want to remember that the sun is always just behind the clouds.
And something strange and amazing may be just around the bend.
I want to hold those I love close.
And that which I find draining or harmful at arm's length.
I want to sit and ponder and not need to be 'entertained'.
I want to question.
And think.
And wonder.

Because life is really actually quite beautiful if you let it be.


Anonymous said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.



AndreaRenee said...

I'm so happy I know you, Jackie. XOXOXO

Crash Course Widow said...

Beautiful, Jackie. (And do you have any of that zen to spare for me? I could certainly use some this month. ;o))

Love ya!!

Hallie said...

I love seeing things through your eyes...what a wonderful way to start the week!

Lynn said...

These pics are all so gorgeous but I particularly love the one with you and your daughter. So sweet!

Jenny Davis said...

This is beautiful, Jackie!

Suddenwidow said...

Thank you for the powerful reminder this morning, Jackie! You've kick started my day!

Pamela said...

Beautifully put Jackie! You don't really need to look that hard to find the beauty in life, do you? Thanks for that reminder!

leigh in the sav said...

beautiful. simply beautiful. words to live by for each and every one of us. thank you for your continued inspiration.

Joot said...


rhonda-lea said...

Jackie, you have such a talent for writing. Your words, and your photos are so beautiful. Thank you for being such an inspiration, and reminding me to appreciate the little things in life.


Jen said...

Ahhhh, yes. Beautiful. Thank you for reminding me to see with my inner eye.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for camera chargers!

Lovely photos, and a lovely and inspiring post. Thank you for showing us some beauty.

Amber said...

Oh Jackie, what a beautifully written and photographed post. I love reading it, i love hearing you write those words. You are such an amazing woman. Thanks Jackie for being in this space and showing me how strong a person can be...take

Jenn said...

YES!!!! :0) This was so nice to read and the pictures are beautiful, as are you.

Baume Mercier USA said...

Yes, you are not a victim. =)

Janine (txmomx6) said...

Wonderful post, Jackie .... and beautiful pictures.
Thank you .... so much.
: )

Kaitlyn said...