“Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe.” ~ Gabriela Mistral
Good morning, beautiful souls. As this is my first post of the new year, I thought it might be good to share a little history of this blog, especially for those who may be new to Maison de Jardin. Maison de Jardin (The Garden House) is actually the name of our home and is the name I chose for the blog. For those who have become treasured blogging friends and for my dear friends who know me personally, you know this blog stemmed (January 29, 2017 ~visit here,) from my love of beauty and the desire to share my passion and hopefully inspire others. Others, who may not have noticed all the beauty around them, or perhaps those who needed a gentle nudge to create beauty in and around their own homes. Being aware of this, and recognizing the magnificence around us, makes such a difference in our daily lives.
“There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.” ~ Joseph Addison
We feel differently, stress leaves, we breathe better, and our hearts are happier when we stand in awe for just a moment enjoying something beautiful. The ‘something beautiful’ can be a single bloom, a wonderful rainbow, sunrise or sunset, or a child messy from the strawberry patch. If it touches your heart, most likely it is asking you to ‘pay attention.’
The same holds true when we read exquisite words of wonderfully talented souls. I am always inspired, and a little overwhelmed, when I read something marvelous from someone who lived in another time and another world. It always increases my awareness to ‘pay attention.’
“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty hath strange power. “ ~ John Milton