One of my Mother’s favorite old sayings was — “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Children, so freshly arrived in the world, seem to infallibly retain and demonstrate that ancient wisdom and knowledge for us over and over, as they rejoice and find merriment in the very simplest of things. Those things which we so often overlook as we grow older.
What parent hasn’t had the experience of giving something we thought wonderfully awesome and shiny in our eyes, only to have our child toss it aside and be deliriously happy playing with the box for hours upon hours instead? That is a strong message if we think about it.
One of my favorite country artists, John Sloane, has captured this adage of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” perfectly and in a fun way, in his painting “To Each Her Own.” The Mother, having stepped unaware over bothersome ‘weeds’, is picking beautiful, delicate and exquisite lilac flowers; while her daughter is delightfully filling her basket with the ignored, bright and cheerful little dandelion treasures in bloom behind her.
“Someone who finds joy in a simple pebble will be surrounded by beauty wherever they go.” — Little Red Bear
The world is filled with beauty and wonder all around us, if we aware to its presence. But when we become so focused with tunnel-like vision on our goals and that which we are so stridently seeking in life, we miss out on all the simply beautiful joys and moments as we rush past. Many of which may never come again. Especially with those box-playing children. The most simple things most often bring the most happiness.
Joining with the little girl in John Sloane’s painting, I am a big fan of the commonly simple dandelion. If you would like to learn more about dandelions and the important role they play in nature for the survival of bees and other pollinators, please check out — “Please Don’t Pull The Dandelions — They’re Nature’s Gift!”
Thanks as always for your time and visiting. A kind gesture can reach a wound we cannot see — so be kind — and the reason someone smiles today! — Jim (and Red!)
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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” — Vincent van Gogh
“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa