treesteeplesWhat’s some of the most valuable advice you’ve ever been given? What have you been told and never forgotten?

Many years ago, I was traveling with a good friend who is much more nature smart that I am. One day the sky was clear and the sun was bright. Everywhere we looked we saw something made more beautiful by the sunshine or the other plants and colors surrounding it.

The next day it was cloudy and fog hung low in the air. I expressed my disappointment. That’s when I heard my friend proclaim something I have never forgotten. Without skipping a beat, she said, “This is just a different kind of beauty.”

Her words often come back to me and I have learned to appreciate that beauty is always available to us.

How do you define “beautiful” today? Is your definition too narrow and does it cause you to miss out?

Last week I was privileged to travel through parts of New York and Massachusetts. The leaves on many trees were as beautiful as I had hoped they’d be – on all three days. On the sunny day, the cloudy day, and in the rain. I looked for changes and discovered them.

We see what we want to see. Try it with people, buildings, spaces, and nature. Purpose to find something beautiful today that you might’ve missed yesterday. Of course, encourage your children to look at the world this way, too.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder partly because we define what beautiful is.

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