Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Even in the midst ...


Even in the midst of reports of the ravages of winter--cars not starting, road salt shortages, warnings about frost bite, freezing pipes, airport hassles and canceled schools--beauty resides. By way of reminder, I bring you these quiet moments from The Farm in Minnesota. The temperature is dropping. I hear we're getting down to around 25 below zero tonight, with wind chills dipping toward 50 below. I could complain ...

And yet, without the cold, the following daybreak scenes would not exist. As you move from one view to the next, drinking of their beauty, allow yourself to listen for the mystic crunch of fresh snow beneath your boots. Behold, as evidence of your own sacred breath steams forth from your nostrils. Inhale the crisp, awakening air. Feel the coarseness of the winter coat God provides the critters. Smile at the pristine bunny prints, and give thanks that your computer is working so that in the midst of your busy-busy, you can stop for a spell and warmly--ever so warmly--allow yourself to enjoy.

There is beauty in winter. Even if you are stuck in an airport terminal, take a moment to send up a prayer for the warmth of your surroundings and the love of those who miss you while you're gone.

Remember, there is quiet beauty out there. When given the chance, don't forget to notice.

2 comments:

darla said...

Charlene,
Thank you for the beautiful pictures this morning. I truely enjoyed the few minutes of savoring the beauty, it is so easy to complain about the cold and not enjoy the beauty of it. Of course that is easy for me to say since I have never experienced below 0 temps.
Darla

Charlene Ann Baumbich said...

Thank you, Darla! "Savoring the beauty." That was my exact intent!