Big Laurel River, French Broad Watershed, N. Carolina/Photography by Gaye Abbott
There is ordinary beauty everywhere
often unseen because of distraction
at a depth right to the marrow of our bones.
Living in darkness it seeks a way out to the light.
through the cracks in our facade
that no longer are able to remain closed.
Cascading in multi-sensory spirals on a journey of belonging
we discover that beauty always sits right next to us.
Partnered with love and compassion
with eyes and heart wide open
walking down an unknown path
into the mystery
that beckons without words.
Gaye Abbott, 11/4/2023
Blue Ridge Mountains, Western N. Carolina at Sunrise/Photography by Gaye Abbott, 2023
.How often are we challenged by distraction missing the moments that are the very essence of life unfolding?
I pose that question to live within, not to answer. The shifts and changes continue in spite of our compelling need to control. That is the only part of this elder journey we can be certain of.
It is this complex variety of form, color, light and darkness where beauty emerges from. Our perception and filters color these moments easing them into our attention.
Where will you place your attention this week…..this moment?
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Gaye Abbott, Wildly Free Elder, 11/17/23