Sunday, January 31, 2021

The World Is SO Beautiful!

I had a hard time falling asleep last night. Whenever that happens, I take a pause and assess my life. Why not? I can't sleep anyway. I thought about the day--it was a fabulous one, as days go. Music. Horses. And my husband and I started an online dance course that evening. We were swinging and dipping until all hours of the night. (It's a course called "Show Her Off" that targeted me successfully on Facebook. But it was also $67 of the best spent money! Fun. Fun. And it will provide many AT HOME fun dates nights.)

But that's not what was keeping me awake. You can tell which thoughts cause your heart to race and which don't. For me, I seemed to be worrying about certain people in my life, AND the world as a whole. Let's face it, this has been a challenging year and the world doesn't seem itself anymore.

                                   "You have taken from me friend and neighbor—"

I reached for my phone in the dark and read Psalm 88. The quote above is from that Psalm. Within minutes, I was sleeping again.

I'm putting it all together today and pondering, "How can the WORLD be made right?"

It can't. Or, at least, I can't make the world right. The world is in chaos...but it always has been. I'm just now noticing it.

But I can create my own life--in any manner, or form, I desire. A life is a canvas, and I want mine to be as beautiful as the world it is BLESSED to exist in.


I started a new file on this computer called, "The World is SO Beautiful". And I compiled some of my recent hikes--all within 5 minutes of my house, if you can believe it!


I made a decision to devote at least part of this blog, "Beautiful Mustang" to living a beautiful life in 2021. Really going after it and decorating it with the minutest details from this gorgeous world surrounding me.


We've had so much taken away from us in 2020, but there are things no one can take away.


I will be searching, and whatever I find, I will bring back to this space and share it with you. I promise to encourage you on your own journeys in 2021. Celebrate those hidden paths together.


The "Mystic" waterfalls.


The scary cliffs.


Sunshine on the coldest days.


As I kick this off, I'm reminded of a poem that was read in the documentary, "Path of the Horse." I'm sure I've shared it before, but I'd love to share it again.

These are the things you’ll remember,
Not the big things.

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Small, small things:
One leaf touched by the sun,
One small smell.
When we are dying,
I promise you,
The memories you will have,
In your last seconds,
Are about these small things
Touching our skin:
One leaf,
One moment with your child.
Not the big things.
We will remember the small things.
These small things are added
To a fulfilled life,
Or not.

Not the big things.


From “The Path of the Horse” Documentary Klaus Hempfling

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What better year than now to  live (continue to live, start to live, return to living) an INTENTIONAL life. 


"Friends, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful- I will be looking forward to your "Beautiful" posts!
    Worrying about the state of the word is counterproductive; we have to live the best life we can with what we are given and not allow the power of evil to sway us from a Godly life. It's a tough go in this current time but faith will get us through.

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    1. It is a tough go right now, and so many people are feeling the same way: helplessness, fear, confusion, frustration, loss, hopelessness—it can come on so quickly.

      I’ve always thought of mental health as two sides of a line. On one side, you have good mental health, on the other, poor mental health. The closer you get to that line, the worse you feel. Sometimes, you go back and forth across the line, and pretty much still stay in control.

      But every so often, there you sit, a little too close to that line, and life sends you curveball after curveball after curveball, and before you know it, you find yourself way over the line into poor mental health, and too lost to find your way back across it.

      I’ve never been far over that line, but when I do feel near to it, every danger bell in me starts to ding. “Danger, Will Robinson” moments.

      In times like this, pandemics, etc, I / everyone need(s) to be way, way, way into the surplus side of good mental health. I (we) have to be aggressive about making it happen—spiritually, physically, emotionally—all hands on deck!

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  2. I think being aware of what you can do to make the world better is the place to focus. I can’t control how other people feel but I can control what I feel. I love this post. Focusing on love and not hate is the answer.

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    1. Yes, I agree, what we put out into the world comes back to us—good and bad. There is so much coming at us right now, and everyone is on edge—but we have to start small and move towards what is beautiful. Keep putting love and appreciation out into the world.

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  3. Lovely post Linda. Love that poem too. I think we can try and appreciate the beauty around us every day and be grateful for what we have. Looking forward to your future posts.

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    1. I don’t know how good they will be, but I will be aiming for it. It’s kind of like working with horses, sometimes you just have to get out of the way and let it unfold. No expectations. ❣️ I have really failed at that this year.

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  4. Linda, you have such a beautiful spirit. I think each of us can make our world a better place with small acts of kindness. Even a simple smile towards a stranger with struggle on their face, has a ripple effect. Keep sharing the good, you are making a difference. Such a beautiful area to live in! Love the dance classes, doesn't get much better than music and dancing together with your hubby!!

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    1. Thank you. ❣️

      A smile from a stranger is one of the absolute best things. Appreciation of that smile is pretty special, too.😃 It’s tough right now with masks, but our eyes can do some, and our voice can do some smiling, too. I think, in times like this, good deeds, intentions, of all kinds—words, actions, forgiveness, grace, mercy, hope, joy—they stand out more. They’re needed more. They’re more rare, and that makes them more precious.

      The dance classes are a blast. We’ve had two nights and my husband is progressing so fast.

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