8.15.2007

Filling My Soul

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul". (John Muir)

I believe that. We all need more than food to be strong. We need places of beauty where we can play, pray, and breathe in the beauty that surrounds us. It could be anywhere, really. It could be your back yard. It could be somewhere like the Sacred Grove. It could be up in the mountains, or on a beach. It could be what you see as you drive from your neighborhood to another. There is beauty everywhere. We just have to recognize it as such.

As I look around and take in all that there is to love and enjoy, once again I'm grateful. Not only for all the beautiful things I can see, but for the ability to really see them, love them and be strengthened and uplifted by them.

"To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see". (Helen Keller)

My spirit is renewed and restored by nature every time I look around. Daily I remind myself how thankful I am to live where I do, where there is so much beauty to nourish my soul.

6 comments:

The Duenas Fam said...

I love being outside and just looking at the sky, the stars, the waves crashing on the beach(when I used to live by one), just feeling the breeze on my face. I love nature and the outdoors. The beauty of it only strengthens my testimony of a living God. He made all of this for us because he loves us!

Jenny Doan said...

I just love you Jan! You fill my soul just by blogging! This is just what I needed today! Thank you

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Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

fabulous thoughts, thanks! you forgot to mention that the awesome pic was taken by math. i love that shot, it's too cool.

Jan said...

Natalie is right - our son Matthew took this picture from a plane, as he was flying to Denver. We have a big copy of this framed and hanging in our hallway and I love it -- it's the perfect example of what I'm talking about here. Thanks for the reminder, Nan, and thanks, Math for such a beautiful picture.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

Wow, that is a great picture! And I just love the quotes and insight. Thanks for being SO sweet.