Look for beauty


photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

I have a beautiful weeping cherry tree in my front yard, and this is the time of year when it really shows me its beauty. Its tiny pink flowers are visible from the top of my street, and the tree is taller than my house. I’m kind of obsessed with this tree.

Most of the year; however, it’s a bit of an eyesore. It doesn’t bloom for very long, so for about 10-11 months out of the year, it’s mostly just hanging branches. It needs treatments to remain healthy, which I’ve lovingly paid for, for about 3 years. I’m really attached to this tree.

The funny thing is, if you saw this tree in the Summer or Winter, you wouldn’t see any beauty in it at all, but to see it right now, takes your breath away. In a lot of ways, this tree reminds me to look for beauty where it’s not supposed to be found. Even when my weeping cherry is dropping branches or being treated, I still see its beauty. I know what it holds inside, just waiting for the right time.

What if I looked at people in the same way that I look at that tree? Instead of being dismissive or judgmental, what if I chose to believe that they hold beauty inside?

It takes courage to be that open. It’s a lot safer to just see the hanging branches, but life is a much richer experience when we look for beauty where it’s not supposed to be found.

Thanks for being on the journey with me.

?, Lara

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