Beauty in the Mundane: Thoughts for Mother's Day Weekend

"Beauty" is a word that has frequented my mind recently. The word was planted like a song stuck in my head during a conversation I had with a new, older, wiser friend. This new friend is a writer and as we spoke about what she would love to do during retirement, we began to take a lovely rabbit trail about writing that notices the beautiful in the mundane. I love to think about his when I muse on what to write: how our daily experiences can be reflected upon in ways that we may not notice at the time...and how wonderful as writers to shine a light on the beauty of these small, seemingly insignificant life-happenings. A trip to the bank, watching women join together and raise funds for a young woman going overseas, people celebrating the women who brought them to existence, whether by birth or by nurture.

I see it as no coincidence that my world has been full of women recently...in my work and in my personal goings on, strong and beautiful women have been present.

Today, on Mother's Day, a day that for some induces pain, stress, and sadness, may we stop to notice how very beautiful the world around us is in the smallest of ways...and may we allow that discovery to push us to produce greater amounts of love, patience, kindness, and understanding.