Whether it’s scenery, people, or wildlife, we tend to ignore the quiet beauty in search of the flashy and flamboyant. What would happen if we flipped the script?
The Value of Quiet Beauty
Last week, we spent our conjoined family vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I know, Mexico in the summer? What were we thinking? Temperatures and humidity vied for the top spot, fluctuating between 77 and 95. There’s a reason I spend summers in Alaska! I hate heat. But I love my family, so I’ll suffer uncomfortable situations to spend time with them.
I’ve never visited a coastal city in Mexico before and had a vague idea of toucans on the front porch and macaws perched outside my windows feasting on fruit from exotic trees with plate-sized flowers. I envisioned snorkeling in crystalline waters and seeing scans of colorful fish darting around the coral reefs.
Not exactly. The dry season in Jalisco did its best to squeeze the last of the green from the nearby hills and mountains. A layer of fine dust blanketed the greenery and everything else. The Bay of Banderas has rough sandy beaches with many rocks and a few places to snorkel. We saw some colorful fish, and I collected cups and cups of sand in my swimsuit while playing in the surf with my grandson.
I had two choices. Go looking for the quiet beauty of a country in the dry season, or bellyache about my unfulfilled expectations. My unrealistic expectations. Creation offers grace notes of quiet beauty no matter where we look. But we have to look to appreciate them.
You Can Find Beauty Anywhere
I often fail to look closer at what my eyes deem ordinary. I overlook beautiful people because they aren’t flamboyant, flashy, or pushy. It’s my loss. This week, I want to look for quiet beauty everywhere and appreciate it, even if it doesn’t meet the world’s standards. What have you overlooked lately?
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