Sunday, May 20, 2012

Finding Beauty

P1010004f While I was watering my flowers this morning, I was daydreaming about the new flourishing buds of color and taking note that each flower was so different from the others.  The pink roses had drops of water on their soft petals and the reflection of their blooms looked back at me in the pool of water that had gathered at the base of the bush.P1010001c The pink mop top Hydrangeas are pushing out their voluminous blooms and the bees are loving the Lipstick Salvia plants that seemed to have tripled in size this past year.   A red breasted hummingbird did a buzz drive-by over my head as if to say “good morning!”   The garden is peaceful – even in it’s randomness.
Tiny flowers of the violets are fading away…P1010040d …only to be replaced with other seasonal offerings of Columbine and Marigolds.P1010011a Someone once said that my garden had potential and I just chuckled.  Yea, it isn’t perfect, but it is my garden, little weeds and all.   It is our little patch of dirt to do as we wish.  It always amazes me how seeds from last year’s plants will randomly pop up here and there.  And I like just where they happen to peek up their pretty little heads.  I call it “God’s garden.”
There are so many influences out in the world that can have both positive and negative impacts.  Being original and believing in yourself and the things you do are important and to not let influences around you sway what is lurking inside your heart and soul.  There will always be obstacles and hurdles along the way, but persevere and stand up for what you think is right and follow your inner voice to do those things in life that bring you joy. P1010085a Life is sweet and each of us are individuals – with our own dreams, our own ideas and our own spirit.  We may have common threads, but we are just who we are – one of a kind.
Yes, there will be things in life that we will not be able to follow through with for whatever the reason, but at least we can make the attempt to put our best foot forward.  P1010016b Nobody can run our course of life for us, it is up to us to make the most of each day and…P1010009b1 …find beauty in all things.
(note:  I was inspired by my dear friend, Judy Clark, to make the pillow shown above.  Judy gave me one of her “memory pillows” as a gift and her pillow is shown in a previous post and she sells them on her etsy site, 20Northora.)

20 comments:

Debby said...

Beautiful pictures. Those roses are unbelievable.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful post. It is so important for each of us to embrace our individuality. God made us each unique with a special gift to share. If you've found your gift,you are blessed indeed. Have a wonderful week. Patty

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Wonderful photos! Someone also told me my garden had potential. Made me mad! I admit, though, it looks better now, ten years later, than it did then!

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful, sweet post. I have been gardening all week and it feels so good to see it shaping up. I like the little volunteers that peek their heads up here and there too...the weeds? Not so much! Happy Sunday to you! xo diana

pembrokeshire lass said...

Hi I loved your post. Also it said exactly what our minister said this morning...so do I think I'm being given a nudge?? Yes!! Ok I'll stumble on......!!
Thanks anyway so much for the lovely flowers and china and...especially...the thoughts! Joan

Vee said...

Amen.

Your roses are exquisite!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

A lovely, beautiful post!

Perfectly Printed said...

What a wonderful pillow...I have not heard of a memory pillow before! I love the sentiment!!

chris

Cozy Little House said...

Judy is a good friend of mine too. Love her memory pillows. And I love yours!
Brenda

wendy said...

It is good for us...all of us...to have a "spot" to grow things, To see beauty evolve. A piece of DIRT.
Only problem is I have 165 acres of it (tee,hee)
Thank goodness for crops and cows to fill up a lot of it, oh and the horses.
I am still working on my "beauty space" however. May take awhile, especially since hubby just suffered a compound fracture to his arm after getting caught in some farm machinery...(could have lost his arm) so..........Very blessed
but it has put the "ky-bosh" on some of my projects.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a darling pillow Becky I have seen Judy's creations and they are divine! Yes, we all need to enjoy our uniqueness, it sometimes takes many years to really let go of what we think we should be and enjoy what we are:>)

Shirley said...

Love the red. Love the pillow. Very nice things.. and thoughts. :)

Michelle said...

So glad you are posting again. I've missed you and your beautiful home! :)

marie said...

Hmmmm....I neeeded a little pep talk today. Thanks Becky!

Those roses are so pretty!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Such beautiful photos and flowers!! Love the memory pillow to!!

Elsie said...

Beautiful post Becky. Yep I'd say I have a whole lot of "God's Garden" in one of my gardens and if I don't work in it soon it will be all of his. My courtyard garden is looking good. Your flowers are beautiful and your peaches look so yummy.

Judi said...

What a sweet pillow...very sweet. I love the true inspirational thoughts you wrote about and the beautifull roses and dishes...very calming. You are in thought...
have a wonderful day...
I have a GIVEAWAY...come by and visit and good luck!
Judi

Happy@Home said...

Such beautiful thoughts and photos you have shared here, Becky. Your pitcher of roses is gorgeous.
Love the pillow and the sweet little bunny picture peeking out.

Pondside said...

Such a lovely post, Becky - words and images.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful photos...and I really love the pillow!