The Beauty of Life
Finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find.
– Terry Tempest Williams, American writer, activist, environmental educator
Not too long ago, I was strolling the streets of Santa Fe beneath that legendary New Mexican blue sky when a wedding procession emerged from the doors of the 1878 gothic Loretto Chapel. Holding hands and beaming broadly, the jubilant bride and groom led a long line of well-wishers to the Old Santa Fe Trail in front of the church. There, a humble but beautiful fawn-colored burro waited to lead the wedding procession through the streets of the City Different.
The small donkey was suitably dressed for the occasion. He sported a colorful blanket on his back, with geometric patterns of orange, red and blue diamonds and stripes. Yellow, green, red and white tassels edged his festive covering, along with burnt red fringe that nearly touched the ground. A tawny basket bursting with raspberry roses and persimmon colored marigolds with lime green leaves and stems was draped over the vibrant native blanket.
Beauty Can Appear at Any Time
That simple yet majestic assemblage of nature, color, shape, pattern, and texture took my breath away. In the moment, I was – as ever –in awe of the sometimes-unexpected elements of beauty that make our world gloriously stunning and unremittingly interesting.
In some of these dark days, when our world becomes unrecognizable, look for the beauty to help get you through. It might be a moment of nature, or the selfless deeds of people reaching out to help others. It is there. Seek it out wherever you are. It will revive your spirit and soothe your soul in the moment it appears. Then carry that moment with you and be grateful that the grace of beauty surrounds us – if we only stop and look.
For the love of beauty,