Unearth the Bowl

We bought a bowl once. It’s a shiny gold with vibrant splashes of red, green, blue and orange and we thought it would make a striking centerpiece for our table. We did not, at the time, consider what, if anything, we would put in it. Nor did we consider how much an empty bowl might beckon us to fill it. I’m ashamed to say this beautiful bowl has become a bowl for bills; piles of important papers now cascade from it completely blotting out the original reason for which it was purchased. Now instead of looking at the beautiful bowl and experiencing joy, I look at a bowl of bills and feel frustrated, worried, and depressed.

How often do we do this in life? Every day affords new opportunities to discover the beauty of this wondrous world and we put our heads down and hone in on the dirty and mundane, intent on working that extra hour, finishing that task, or crossing off that next item on our to-do list. We are surrounded by sunsets and cute kids, ice cream and symphonies, butterflies and flowers and we still have our faces glued to our iPhones. Then we wonder why we’re tired, why we need therapy, why our lives are devoid of meaning. This world is rich with beauty and we’re made to enjoy it. Beauty, in all its diverse forms, refreshes and revives, delights and excites us. Beauty brings us joy, but only when we pause to acknowledge and appreciate it. Otherwise, it just gets lost in the blur.

bowlbutterfly-743549_1280

We moved 5 years ago and bought a fixer upper. We went shopping for granite and even if you’re not in the market, I highly recommend this activity. We were given addresses of a couple of warehouses in Calgary, secret places with great slabs of earth on display. I kid you not, my mouth was gaping. Some slabs spoke boldly with splinters of jagged color. Others sparkled like white sand on a beach. Still others made me think of animals like leopards, tigers, and appaloosas. One they aptly titled “Circus”, I was sure, gave off the the sweet scent of cotton candy. Many times in the course of that afternoon, I was dumbfounded and all I could do was stand and stare. Some slabs were so beautiful, I couldn’t imagine them as countertops. The very thought was sacrilege. Who knew that shopping for granite could be such a nourishing experience?

The thing is, this kind of soul lightening stuff is available every day, if we open our eyes to it. We need to unearth the bowl, so to speak. We need to climb out from under the “have to” and into the “just because”. Now I try to pause, even if only in my mind, and thank God for the beauty revealed to me each day; for the lime green ruffle on the little girl’s coat, a favorite tune coming in on the car radio, the scent of lilacs, every hug I receive from my kids. I also thank God for all those artists, poets, writers, actors, dancers, musicians, architects, gardeners, interior designers, landscapers—anyone who, by pursuing their passion, makes this world even more beautiful than it already is—anyone who can make us stop and look—anyone who can, for one second, take our minds off of our troubles. I’m trying to even up the score and add a little delight to my drudgery and I invite you to do the same. Have you seen the bottom of the bowl lately?

Feature picture taken by me. The Bowl. 🙂

Posts come out when I feel like it. 😀 Scroll down to the bottom of the page to receive notifications of my posts via email. Follow me on Instagram username: @penelopepantaloons. Thanks for reading. 🙂

bowlribbon-2090126_12802

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Unearth the Bowl

  1. Love this post, Polly! Great reminder to admire and even acknowledge the good stuff around us. Love your descriptions as well. And I know just what you mean about shopping for granite (and tile and plumbing fixtures and on and on) and how beautifully created some of these things are. So for my ‘delight’ today, I met with a writer friend who gave me such a helpful and honest critique of my work. I am so thankful to have good friends in my life!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Carm! Great opportunity! Someone who writes fiction? Did you come away feeling encouraged? I love what you do! Your characters are very gritty and quirky, my kind of people. I met a friend from work for lunch and we used a set of questions to give us other things to talk about besides work and it was a lovely time! Wishing you much joy as you head into your weekend!

      Like

  2. Ouvrons les yeux!!
    Il y’a tellement de créations artistiques autour de nous!!
    Tu as si raison chère Polly!
    Même les activités les plus banales peuvent révéler de grandes choses!!
    Regardons , observons … le monde est si beau!!
    Belle journée Polly!
    Avec toutes les amitiés
    Pascale

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Vous êtes un grand observateur du monde. Vous avez une telle curiosité et une passion pour la beauté. Je peux dire cela en regardant vos photos, mais aussi par vos commentaires pour les autres. J’espère que vous avez un dimanche merveilleux, ma chère. Merci pour la lecture!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.