Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Beauty We See

"..out of all paintings
the angels follow me."
    ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Jenna gave us an easy start this week, out of respect for the busy real lives all three of us are enjoying at the moment. Life is ever-changing and we are all touching different aspects of that change. I am amazed at where the year has taken me, and I hope it will be equally generous to them as it continues. A year ago I would not have expected to be holding my daughter this summer, having enjoyed a long lesson in patience that made me better able, I hope, to appreciate the blessings I have been given, and the blessings still to come.

In her post, Jenna mentions the places she finds beauty, because we do share a search for beauty. I like this topic, I like to think of those places and see them again. I find beauty in the imagery of Rilke, and the colors of  Cezanne. I find it in oceans at night and at my stream on any afternoon. I find it most often at home, in the Icons and the tacky faux Van Gogh, in the scent of bread and in my many superstitions. I find it in the rituals I fill my life with. But I find it in these things because they touch something beyond themselves, and I love them for it.


  1. I can sympathize with your long lesson in patience. :) Congratulations again on the joy of a desire fulfilled.

    I love the various beauties you describe, and the fact that they're not all visible or even tangible. Good post. I'm enjoying the lighter side of the blogalectic!

  2. I'm glad you liked it. Looking back I kind of wish I had done more with explaining aspects of beauty, I had wanted to write more on domestic beauty..but dinner was ready and I went and ate instead :) I'm enjoying this lighter side a lot as well, maybe I'll try for a "domestic" post this week.

    Thanks for the understanding on patience. I pray you will have the same fulfillment of desires; learning to wait and anticipate in disappointment was the hardest thing I've ever done, and one of the reasons we picked the name Paraskeva, who is a patron of anticipation (sort of a Good Friday type anticipation). Her prayers have been indispensible for me.

    I can't wait to see what you pick for this week - its fun doing this light, personal discussion of beauty, especially in the heat of summer, when nobody really wants to think anyway :)