“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Good Sunday morning dear friends. I hope this finds you enjoying a touch of autumn air. We have actually slept with the windows open the past few nights and what a splendid treat that was. It is hard to believe that September is with us once again, however, I always welcome the arrival. September is a month to savor the moments and notice the hidden treasures.
” The world is large ~ Its beauty indescribable.” ~ Zhuangzi
As it is a magnificent morning, I thought perhaps you may enjoy my thoughts about by the power of beauty. And would enjoy a few lovely things I have found.
As many of you know, France is a country that has captivated me by its charms for as long as I can remember. The French are extremely resourceful and indeed understand beauty. The home above looks as though it has been kissed by the sun for years, which I am certain it has. However, it has also been kissed by ochre.
You may or may not be aware of the Ochre Mines in France. These pigments were discovered near the village of Roussillon (Provence region) and were mined from the end of the 18th century until 1930. The pigments were used to color their homes (inside and out) and were also pounded down to use as watercolor paints and sold in the pricey art shops of Paris. The colors range from deep orange, yellow to brown. Additionally, the French used the mines as places to hide from the Nazis during the war. Today a single working ochre quarry remains in France, near the village of Gargas.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”~
“Solitude” by, Diane Leonard
While art speaks to each of us differently, it holds such uplifting power. If one too many rainy days has dampened your spirits, take a trip to your local museum and stand in awe of the beauty. Or, with renewed interest, take a look around your own home at what may be hanging on your walls. You may see beauty you had taken for granted. I have been guilty!
“Some long-forgot, enchanted, strange, sweet garden of a thousand years ago… ~Edna St. Vincent Millay
Is there anything as lovely as a stroll through a garden? They are most often filled with intoxicating fragrances and exquisite beauty. Stepping through any garden gate has transformative powers.
“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” ~ Anatole France
“The core of beauty is simplicity.” ~ Paulo Coelho
To me, simple food is beautiful. Especially when prepared with love. Many humans have survived on ordinary fare during hard times. A bowl of soup and a piece of bread was considered a lavish meal. We pray we never see such days again. I try not to fail to count my blessings.
“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” ~ Rumi
Dear friends, in closing I hope you have enjoyed your visit and found it to be uplifting. Beauty does matter to each of us as it nourishes our hearts and souls. It breaks the monotony of everyday living and gives us pause to marvel at the wonders.
Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.
And. . .
A week full of joy. Stay well!
“Beauty unites all things, links together flower and star, with chains more certain than those of reason.” ~ Henry James Slack
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