For such beauty is mine nearly every day of every week and of every year. It is a gift that I just need to see to have and enjoy. I find that there is a beauty in water that lures me into the flow of life and washes away the suffering that I have created or have allowed to meander within.
For the past two years, I have been wandering a path to the Creative Potager’s door (in this case blog) and enjoying her paintings and photographs. When a friend had to move to the deep, dark interior of the United States, I saw Terrill Welch’s calendar of trees and knew immediately I must send it to my friend to help her heal and not miss our sights and beauty so far from her home.
I am so grateful for the many forms of beauty in my life and I wanted to focus on Everyday Beauty as my Thanksgiving Theme. I could think of no better person, artist; inspirer than Terrill Welch to share with you today.
So I asked her to write a guest post and share her pictures with you and without further ado, here is her sharing.
Thankful for Everyday Beauty
Thanksgiving Day carries with it a long tradition of giving thanks. We can be thankful for many things. We may even come to this annual holiday with a long list to bring forward for acknowledgment. But today I am going to focus our attention on being thankful for the everyday beauty that surrounds us.
It could be the swirling grains in a piece of driftwood next to sea.
Did you notice a small echo of that same shape repeating itself in the sky? The day is quiet. It might even rain. This is the stillness that feeds resilience and inner strength. I often long for this melancholy silence.
Or it might the mist coming through the trees with a distant sun trying to break through.
There is no greater mystery than west coast fog draping itself through the trees, gathering damp fingers near the nape of your neck, leaving nothing behind but its cool breath.
Other times it can be the soft light of an early summer evening dancing off the clouds and reflected onto the surface of the ocean. How we wait at these times in anticipation of something greater. Often, it will simply get dark as the heavy clouds near the horizon devour any drifting rays of brilliance.
Our surroundings are not always so tranquil though are they? Sometimes waves crash and bellow with rage in the shadows. We may be standing on shore feeling helpless while noticing, even then, how beautiful it is.
Then, just as we believe we can stand no more and we are too weary to resist, the storm breaks.
Possibly, it is like this when we are thankful for everyday beauty. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you so much Patricia for asking me to your place of wisdom on your special holiday.
Thank you Terrill
I have a gift for one of my very special commenters, I wish I could send one to each and every one of you, but I will have to make a random selection from those of you willing to make a comment. I am giving one lucky commenter a copy of Terrill’s new book of her paintings and pictures…
You can take a look at a few pages at this Blurb Site
Just one word will suffice to win the book for you.
I hope that this experience and read assisted you in enjoying the beauty of everyday moments.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the folks celebrating – A holiday about food and we eat! Everyday Beauty.
Terrill Welch ~artist, photographer, writer