Why stories of beauty?

Lately, I have been thinking about True-Story’s purpose, and trying to figure out exactly what this blog is about. Over the next few weeks I thought I would lay out the things that drive me to write these stories of beauty, of adventure, of life, and of people. Starting with Stories of Beauty. This is as much for me to figure it out, as for you to know 🙂 .

Why stories of beauty? Quite simply, because I believe it is important for us to see the natural beauty around us.

Allow me to elaborate.

The world can be a dark and ugly place. Sometimes it feels like everywhere I turn I see sadness, destruction, evil, and hurt. The world is messed up, and it can be easy to drown in that.

But I believe, quite firmly, that whatever happens, beauty will remain. It will not always be found in the loud, showy items for display, but, like a remnant from the Garden of Eden that will not be lost, often found in the small things.

The delicate flower. The kindness of human beings. An act of love. Trees standing tall, and birds chirping. A breathtaking view. Rain, or clear skies. A song, a poem, a sweet word. A sunrise.

These are the small indications that not all is lost.

I believe it is important to remember and appreciate these things, because they represent hope. There is good in the world, so we should carry on.

It is so easy to forget to notice these things in the busyness of life, but for me, it is worth it every time I do stop to appreciate them. These things of beauty bring me joy.

And so, why do I share stories of beauty? Because, using technology to share these stories with you, I want to encourage you to draw your eyes and mind from the screens, from the chaos, and find peace in the beauty around you. And by sharing these stories with you, I prompt myself to go and cherish beauty as well.

I’m going to do something a little different, and ask you to share your own stories of beauty in the comments. What have you seen around you recently that has uplifted you with its beauty? Let’s share stories of beauty, and encourage each other. Perhaps it will spread. I believe we would all benefit from it.

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  • Reply
    Gabby Francis
    October 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    God is good. God is good, and life is beautiful. And yes, there is hope in the flowers poking through the sidecracks, hope more powerful than fear itself. In just those small examples of beauty, I can here God whispering, and in those beautiful things the earth proclaiming the goodness of God.
    At the moment, the birds are singing. Maybe one wouldn’t notice if they were just going abouts in their daily life, but sitting still I can hear them, loud and clear. And gazing at the sky I can just imagine, and almost see thousands of angels singing.
    Thank you Trudy, I’ll thank you again later in the week when I remember your post and remember to listen and look up to the clouds, which are the dust beneath His feet, and imagine angels telling me not to forget.

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      Trudy Francis
      October 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you Gabby for sharing. ♥ That was beautiful.

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      October 21, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hi Trudy. I’ve known your Dad a long time. He is a beautiful person. I live near a beach on the Gold Coast. Every morning I walk our two puppies ? on the beach. The happiness they experience is delightful to watch. I love how there are rarely two days that are the same. The waves ever changing, the wind, the sun and the clouds. How blessed we are to enjoy nature’s beauty daily. ?

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    November 18, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Back in 2011, I make myself a little challenge to do this. It was a personally challenging time for me, and it was a way to weave little connected moments throughout the day. What I loved most about noticing the beauty around me, it didn’t take any extra time, I could just weave it into every day. I created a calendar with little things to notice that day and I blogged about it. I was surprised at how popular it was! Due to the popularity, a few years later, I created a Love the Moment poster so people could print it out, point to a little thing to do or notice for that day ->

    What surprised me the most about doing this challenge how much these little things, that I overlooked, became so joyous for me! Now, it’s become a habit…and I don’t even have to do it intentionally anymore. I remember my friend saying to me once, “I like how you say that?” I looked at her strangely, and said, “What do you mean?”

    She explained, “You say, ‘That makes me happy at small things.” Moments before, I had picked up a glass filled with shells on her kitchen bench, and I acknowledged its beauty. I find happiness in so many little things.

    • Reply
      Trudy Francis
      November 18, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      I love this. Thank you for sharing Aunty Kelly ♥

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