April 18, 2007

time for beauty

birthday bouquet from my sister

Today is my 33rd birthday and all is well in my world if not in the world at large.

I found this article by chance and it resonated with me and how I try to live my life. The simple but profound question--Do you have time for beauty?--is one that I try to answer YES! to on a daily basis, but too often, I think I fail.

I think about how much I take for granted, how all too often I miss what is right before my eyes. This is why the Annie Dillard quote is one of the most inspiring for me; it's a reminder to keep my eyes open, to see the beauty in each moment, and the gifts the universe is offering for free.

Today I am 33. I am blessed with a husband, family, and friends who love me deeply. I am blessed with sunshine and flowers and cats yowling outside my window at 5:00 a.m. I am blessed with work that is meaningful. I am blessed with another day of living and seeing.


jenna said...

Happy Birthday Monica!

Xochitl said...

Happy belated birthday Monica. With all of the wedding comotion I totally forgot. When can I take you out for lunch?