Now, I have a big-picture question for you.
Where do you find beauty in the world around you?
This is not an idle question, by the way.
Humans are driven to want more, whatever we have already accomplished.
That's not a bad thing, but having the ability to take a step back and appreciate what's in front of us right now is powerful. Especially in an uncertain world.
It puts us in the driver's seat of our wants and trains our brain not to go into worry mode.
That search for beauty is why we go to the beach.
It's why we go to the mountains.
It's why we listen to music and look at art.
We're looking for something to take us out of the everyday and show us something deep.
But beauty doesn't need to be big and spectacular. It's hidden in plain sight around us, waiting to be encountered.
It's in the joy of a child. A dog zooming around the yard. A small act of kindness at the grocery store.
Knowing how to find beauty in the mundane is a powerful tonic to uncertainty and worry.
I found beauty in being able to see my mom today who is in assisted living and out of state. I will cherish this Mother's Day weekend spending time with her, taking her out to eat, her favorite activity "Olive Garden" when I visit, and to be able to laugh together one more time.
Where have you found beauty lately? I'd love to hear.
PS. If you are able, give your mom a big hug and tell her you love her not just this weekend, do it every chance you get.