The Beauty Within

by johnandterri

The Beauty Within

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we will find it not.” 

Ralph Waldo  Emerson

I picked up this quote recently from a book I was reading on photography. Since I have retired I have had a lot of opportunity to see the “beauty of creation” in the many hikes and the great travel that I have enjoyed. On our long Camino walk through Spain, we certainly had a lot of time outdoors seeing some of the natural beauty of Spain. Yet this quote is an excellent reminder that it is the “beauty within” that really matters.

Just like a beautiful sunrise, can cause us to pause and be pulled into the natural beauty of creation, I think this can also be true when we see “real beauty” in those around us. Yesterday, I witnessed one of the most beautiful memorial services I have even been at. It was the “celebration of life” memorial for my Son-in Law’s grandmother. The stories from families and friends painted a most beautiful picture of a life lived with grace, strength and resolve and most of all love. The “beauty within” her life was unmistakable and real!

Beauty is within and we do carry it with us. Let us remember this as we live each day. May we be a “beautiful sunrise” of love and service to all.



Photograph of the Week

Seeing the Beauty

During a hike to Bridal Veil Falls this past week, I was hiking along down the trail heading out when I turned and looked back and saw the sun shining through the trees on the horizon above. I used my new Nikon Coolpix Superzoom to capture what I was seeing. I used my skills in post processing to bring out even more.