Monday, September 28, 2009

Beauty Can Still Come Through

I was looking at this picture I took recently and trying to determine what it signifies.  Besides the obvious--a couple of pink flowers poking through an old fence--maybe one could go a little further and say it represents something new coming from something old, or something new and beautiful blossoming in an old and ugly world.

It's possible to find ugliness and evil in the world around us if we choose to look for it.  But what a sad and miserable way to live, to always see the bad instead of looking for the good.  We live in a very fast-paced society where manners have seemingly vanished; after all, if people are always in a rush to get to their destinations, there's no time for politeness-- it's just GET OUT OF MY WAY!

But maybe it doesn't have to be that way.  Many of us are at fault for having to rush.  If we oversleep, don't get enough sleep to begin with, or forget to set our alarm clocks, for instance, we set ourselves up for trouble.  We end up behind schedule, rush out the door, hop into the car, back down the driveway and zoom down the street.  Heaven help anyone in our path!

Life seems a little bit broken and I think we're going to have to fix it a little at a time.  If each one of us tries a little harder to get organized, calm down, and rid our schedules of the excess stresses that make it so hard for us to be patient and polite, well maybe that would help a lot.

We can be those beautiful flowers trying to poke through the old fence, saying, "I'm ready for a fresh start."


  1. I love pics like that. Or sometimes when there's cement and just the smalles little shoot of grass poking through, it just means something, it's encouraging in a strange way.

  2. Gorgeous pic! Thanks for sharing.

    Lynnette Labelle

  3. Maybe it's has more to do with an over abundance of self importance that we put ourselves above politeness to others. Taking the time to notice the blade of grass coming up from the sidewalk or the pink flowers between the old boards requires setting yourself aside long enough to notice the importance of something outside of you.
    This was a very nice post. Thoughtful and provoking. Thanks! :-)

  4. Thank you to all for the nice comments.

    Yes, LeSan, I think you have a great point. There's a selfishness in today's society, where people put themselves first a lot. There's a "Me first" attitude on our roads, that's for sure.

    I also liked this picture because it's so different. It's not your average beautiful picture. I think that's what I was going for, trying to find the beauty hidden in the average.

  5. I always admire the philosophy like a silver thread in every post you've written. There's something to think about, even when it's a humorous post. I had that same feeling when I read Annie Dillard's "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek".

  6. That's a beautiful share and a great sentiment. I think what we often do, is miss out on the whole experience, and concentrate far too much on one aspect of it. Like the picture, the beauty is far recognisable when it's an overall experience.