I live in a climate where if there is snow, you know that something cataclysmic has taken place. However, there are parts of Australia that do get snow and earlier in the year, together with my Middle Child and his lovely wife, we visited Mt Buller in Victoria. It is the second time I have experienced snow (the first was when I was a teen) and it was fun. I experienced the pure snow and the slushy piles of half melted snow and mud that accumulate after being trampled by many feet. I still bear the scars (well a purple toe nail) from standing on an obscured rock whilst I took a photo. A rock that decided to shift and buck me off. In doing so, my toenail caught in my boot. Ouch!
So fast forward to this morning when I saw this photo posted on a blog:This photo got me thinking about what a truly stunning piece of craftsmanship a snowflake is. How many gazillion of these must make up a snowbank? And when they melt, their beauty just flows away.
I thought about how we go through life only looking a the big picture. The picture that our vision chooses to see. What small items of beauty are there if we only take the time to look closer?
During the week I noticed a vacant block that I drive past each day. It was covered in a carpet of yellow dandelion flowers. I thought about what others might see as they looked at the block. Would they condemn it’s overgrown state and judge that it needs mowing? Would they sigh at the pesky weeds that are growing rampant? Or would they see the carpet of yellow made up of tiny, perfect little flowers that are beautiful? I drove past the block yesterday and the carpet of yellow has been replaced by a carpet of white dandelion heads just waiting for a puff of wind to send them on their way. These too are beautiful in their own way.
Sometimes in life, we need to step back from the big picture and break things down into smaller and more manageable parts. When we do this, we find that there is beauty. And there is joy. And we find that amongst all the hubbub of life, there is something to enjoy.
Have a blessed day 🙂