Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, if we take a step back and look at things with fresh eyes, we see things differently. Things we never saw before. Maybe we chose not to see them, or maybe we just couldn’t at the time. Maybe something was blocking our senses that caused us to miss whatever it is we caught on that second time around. Whatever it was, beauty really is all around us.
I took a mental health day away from work this week. It was necessary. Some things were building up that made it virtually impossible to manage all the weights that were pushing down on me. I spent time in solitude, meditated, and in self care during an extended massage therapy session. I took a look at what was happening around me in my world. Not the whole world, not the weights of the political forum or the war and conflict around the world and in our backyards. Just my world. What was pushing down on me? What was I pushing back against? Who or what was I pushing away, and what was it that kept gently tapping on my door, ignoring my requests to leave me be?
Solitude is a wonderful thing. Everyone needs a little time in silence, I firmly believe that. Some things become clearer within that quiet space. Not everything. But nothing worth doing comes that easy, remember that.
When I woke this morning, I felt a greater sense of calmness than I have felt in some time. It doesn’t mean that my stresses or stressors have gone away; they are still there. In fact, even today, I have noticed twice that one of my stressors has been present. I don’t have a solution to this issue as of yet, but it made itself known and while not contacting me directly, it left me to witness it. A reminder that it still exists and to beware. Beyond that, I have also decided to allow one thing that I have pushed away to gain entry into my life again. That gentle tapping refused to go away, even with months of ignoring or even gruffness on my part to encourage it to leave me be. I let it in. I forgot how beautiful it was, or perhaps I am just now seeing it with different or more open eyes. With eyes of a gentler soul or a more relaxed view. I felt a weight lift off of me, perhaps felt a little more free or lighter, so to speak.
I noticed the beauty of spring today. The melting of the small plots of snow, the rabbits changing colors back from white to brown, the songbirds in the trees playfully chasing each other around. I noticed the flowers in the shops, ready for Easter celebrations. It reminded me that renewal is occurring all around me and encompasses me too. Take time to notice what is in your surroundings. Notice the devoted love from your dog, the love from your friends or family, the buds forming in the spring trees or the grass greening up. Notice your world and see the beauty around you too.