Seeing Beauty

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The world is filled with beautiful moments and things. If only we choose to see. Sometimes some scenes are so beautiful that your throat chokes or a tear slips out inadvertently. Because you are lucky to be able to see and savor the sight.

You wake up in the morning
Pass by the balcony
You are surprised to see a single hibiscus in full bloom
A burst of color and perfection

Photo by Anu Anniah

You are driving along in a cab
You glimpse this girl, a rag picker with pigtails
Bent over a dustbin
Suddenly she turns to her fellow ragpicker, says something
And beams a perfect smile

You are strolling along in the mall
You see a woman in front of you
Her braid, long, shining, thick
Like a diamond-patterned cobra
Running till her waist

Image by Disappearing Diamonds from Pixabay

You are sitting in a theatre
Enjoying a movie
Your neighbor is a young mom
With her new baby in tow
The baby is fast asleep in mommy’s lap, smiling to some dream
Unmindful of the blaring music in the movie

You are looking at the display in a home decor shop
You walk past a cracked mirror
The edge is cracked and cut into tiny pieces
Suddenly the Sun hits the mirror at the cracked edge
The mirror is transformed into a work of art
Light dazzling out off so many pieces

Photo by Lance Grandahl on Unsplash

A pair of pigeons have chosen your balcony to start their family
You watch as the couple fuss over the spot
The female struts about inspecting
The male brings one twig after another
With a feverish speed
Until the female is satisfied
And as you watch, the twigs are magically organized into a nest
Ready to welcome the eggs

A pleasant post-dinner walk
You happen to glance up
A full yellow moon in the sky
Lighting up the spire of an exquisitely carved marble temple

Photo by Anu Anniah

You visit the market to buy your vegetables
Rows upon rows of fruits and vegetables all stacked neatly
The colors, the smells, the sights
The variety of shapes, sizes, and tastes
The freshness of the leafy greens
The thought of the delicacies these will lend themselves to

You are chatting with some friends on the street
A car passes by
An adorable dog sticks his head out of the back seat window
Lapping up the breeze as the car moves
You can see his eyes closed and ears drawn back in pleasure

Photo by Emerson Peters on Unsplash

The list is endless. Everywhere you look, there is beauty. If only we can pause just for a moment to savor it, smile, and let the heart fill with joy…

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