By: Alia Lewis
It’s summer. It’s Sunday. The sun is gleaming between the trees. Its light is reflecting and mixing with the greenery, creating a unique balance and color gradient, light green to dark green. The sky is clear and the clouds are puffy. The only noise I hear is the chirping and ca-cooing from the birds of the air. It’s beautiful here. Where am I, you might ask? I’m in my backyard. The way I’m describing my surroundings, you would think I was in a foreign place. You wouldn’t think I was in the same house I’ve been in for about 7 years, sitting the same backyard, surrounded by the same trees, and warmed the same sunlight. What’s different? Today, I am embracing beauty.
Depending on where you live, life is fast faced. I live in the city so I’m encompassed in the hustle and bustle. This weekend I had the opportunity to just slow down and relax. Although I was pretty busy on the 4th of July, I still found time to just sit on a swing and admire the beauty that surrounds me daily. Outside is my happy place. Despite the swarming bugs and scorching heat, I’m at my most peaceful and authentic self. I acknowledge how big the earth is, which makes me understand how little my problems are. I embrace the abundant beauty life has to offer, which causes me to forget the things that I lack. Opening your eyes to see the beautiful, rich, diverse landscape surrounding you causes you to think. It makes you focus on the things that are important in life- rich friendships, abundant love, accomplishing your dreams. You’re able to slow down and reconnect with the earth.
This week, make time to embrace the beauty that surrounds you daily. Whether it’s a tree, person, animal, or lightning storm; stop for a second, disconnect from your phone, and soak it all in. A major part of enjoying your life is embracing the beauty within it. When you are aware and grateful of the natural things life has to offer- beauty, love, life; you will inevitably live a fuller, more rich and abundant life. Be blessed. Have a fantastic week!
- Peace, Alia