The Uplifting Power of Beauty

“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

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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.”~ Pablo Picasso

image“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!

image Gauguin



“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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Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

Sandra, I have so enjoyed the beauty shared in your post. The photos and quotes each give something lovely to feast upon. Like you, I never want to forget the many gifts and blessings we enjoy and to be ever grateful for even the simple bowl of soup and slice of bread. Of all the gorgeous photos you shared, I must tell you my eyes and heart gravitate towards the girl with the umbrella (Diane Leonard) and the blue Gaugin paintings. Thank you for the joy you’ve given me today.

Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
11 days ago

I love the colors of those homes in France. Strolling through museums is one of my favorite things to do. Have a lovely week ahead!

11 days ago

September is possibly my favorite month. And what a beautiful entry to the month we have been given. Every photo captures my heart and takes it on a lovely journey and your words are quite perfect. I think I may come back to this post with the gorgeous paintings and wonderful photos. Oh, to someday visit Provence!

11 days ago

Thank you for all the beauty you sent to us this Sunday. I love the quote by Henry James Slack. How beauty unites us. Our country needs this more than ever.

Pam Richardson
11 days ago

Sandra, I gasped when I saw the second image. I made several photos of the same building on our visit to Roussillon. It is a magnificent village with buildings in the different shades of ochre. Beauty is available for those that only open their eyes, it is truly all around us. This is such a lovely post sweet friend. We are seeing tiny glimpses of autumn. Happy Labor Day to you and Mike!

Rita C at Panoply
10 days ago

Wonderfully positive post for a tragic and devastating past week. Pray for our Gold Star families.

Sandra W Magle
10 days ago

Lovely posts and photo choices. I know that this time of year the light is so beautiful, I’m taking my camera and going on an outing in search of beauty today!!! Grins, this really put me in the mood! Sandi

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
10 days ago

Such a beautiful post that has uplifted my sprits, sweet Sandra! Those beautiful French homes make my heart sing. It is my wish to one day visit this area. Wishing you a blessed week ahead, dear friend!