Julie Hester suggested prompts for 7 Days of Gratitude and I decided to blog each of these days up to Thanksgiving. Today she suggests that we express gratitude for what is beautiful.
Gratitude For What Is Beautiful
Make a list of things that are beautiful to you. Beautiful people, places, objects, sounds.
Don’t overthink it—just list whatever comes to mind. Choose one or more and write for ten minutes, giving thanks for what is beautiful.
I’m listing ten things I find beautiful – in no particular order:
- Acts of kindness
- Handmade goods
Today I want to give thanks for the beauty of flowers. They have such a way of lighting up a space – whether in Nature or inside a room. I don’t like cutting flowers off from a garden or breaking them off from outside, but I do like bouquets! I tell myself that they have grown these flowers to sell them, so it’s okay!
I love the symbolism that we’ve attached to flowers – based on colours and the flowers themselves. Red roses for love. Pink carnations for gratitude. And of course, my special favourite flower, the frangipani.
Certain types of flowers bring back particular memories and associations. For example, the smell of tuberoses is something I always associate with funerals. In India, we associate marigolds with goodness and use them at festivals and weddings.
Beautiful flowers, you give us joy and add meaning to our days. Today, I’m grateful for you!
“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.”– Salma Hayek
(I’m also responding to the prompt given by Vinitha Dileep here.)