I took this picture Saturday morning:
Yes, it is remarkable that an azalea is blooming this early- easily a month early. But this is not the thing that makes this picture special.
Yes, this particular azalea is brilliant in color and a beautiful flower. But this is also not the reason I am sharing this picture.
This is the where the picture took place:
The picture of the flower was taken in the front yard of a run down house in a really rough neighborhood. The second picture is not nearly as special as the first, is it?
Here is the message that I took from the experience: There is beauty all around us. Sometimes we just need to stop and look! Amidst the chaos, despair, and decay that we encounter every day, there is still beauty. We just need to open our eyes to see it!
It may be as simple as a smile.
It may be a mother with her child.
It may be the birds singing.
It may be the laughter of the children.
Take the time to stop and really look around you. I bet you will be surprised. We are bathed in beauty every day. Don’t miss it!