Day 27: All things bright and beautiful.

All Things Bright and Beautiful…

Author: Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der, Hymns for Lit­tle Child­ren, 1848

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

 

I feel like this poem is telling me to appreciate all the little things that are around us whether it is tiny or huge, whether it is red or blue. Everything around us possesses a certain pedigree of beauty and love. Albeit beauty varies from one person to another, it does not mean that we are suppressed from appreciating and loving all the great things around us.

One of the hardest thing to do yet the easiest cliche to remember is:  “stop and smell the roses!” We are all familiar with its meaning which is to really take the time to appreciate everything around us but let us face it, how many times have you stooped down and check out the black dots of the tiny ladybug flying on your rearview mirror? Or can you count on your fingers the times you stared at a pretty flower (the blue hydrangea for me) and marvel at how the petals drop on top of each other?

And how many of us have really said “Thank you!” that we are able to see the different colors of the sky and the occasional appearance of a rainbow?

I am lucky, I do have the time right now to slow down, take a deep breath and say my biggest gratitude for being able to somehow appreciate all these things, most importantly to have the attitude and the guts to really freeze the time.

Lucy Torres-Gomez says, “It is the small things that you must do that keep you going when everything else inside and around you screams for you to stop. It is these small, mundane things that fuel you to keep at it as you work towards the bigger plans you may have.”

Will you be willing to stop and smell the roses – or if not, smell your coffee?

- Alpha

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