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Oct 23, 2012

The Eye of the Beholder


My back yard is a small, middle class neighborhood backyard.  The grass is dead from recent droughts, and lack of funds has limited my gardening.  My son’s dog occasionally comes to visit and has “rearranged” the outdoor furniture and decor!  

Nevertheless, I can sit there, find peace and still discover beauty around me.  It is in the eye of this beholder.

I have learned with age to always look for the rainbow….the bright spot amidst the dark clouds.  It is critical to living with joy! 


Without seeking to find the glass half full, the heaviness of life will overcome us and plunge some into the depths of despair.  I could easily find something to lament over every day and I admit, there are days that the temptation is great to just give in to the doldrums.  But, it completely wastes our time and our time is so limited.

Now, I choose to see a rhinestone on a leaf….where there is a drop of water.  I see autumn while the heat lingers on….and I see fun in my closet though the budget is small.  It is fashion week and I cannot attend many of the events because I am a teacher….but I will do what I can and have fun with it!  The eye of this beholder chooses to see the beauty first, and not the blemishes.

What brings you joy today?  
See...a few leaves have changed colors!

Have a fabulous Wednesday!!



21 comments:

  1. Great photos Pam.. what brings me joy? waking up every morning and having so much to be grateful for. A great little house, great partner, excellent health, a job I LOVE, lots of friends and family and love in my life and all the abundance that surrounds me. and all my great online friends like you :)

    have a super evening beautiful lady :) xo J

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  2. Your photos are so lovely that one would never guess that the grass is dry from drought. It's true that if one has eyes to see...

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  3. Love that! And I totally agree!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  4. Hi there!
    I'm a fellow Texan and I love your attitude. And, can I say this...your FLAT shoes! All those high heels just scare me.
    I think you have 2 more colored leaves than we do here in Houston, but I'm ever hopeful.
    Blessings,
    Renee

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  5. Your garden looks lovely from here, Pam. And you are so right about the eye of the beholder, we can decide to see the beauty.

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  6. Wonderful pics, my dear Pam. What a joy to be able to wonder in your backyard, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    You look fabulousssssssssssssss
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  7. Lovely post, beautiful pictures-including you! Thanks.

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  8. What a fantastic post and what an inspirational attitude you have. And you look wonderful! I am not sure how I found your blog but followed a link from another blog I think. Greetings from Australia.

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  9. Great post !

    Loving this :)

    Love,

    Olivia

    http://mom-works.blogspot.com/

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  10. You have a great outlook... and your right..if you look for
    "the good" its always there. Love your blog. You always look
    put together and in a style that is so flattering. You really have a
    talent for putting together a look that is classic and timeless
    and yet updated.I look forward to seeing what you are wearing each day.

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  11. We are blessed in Central NY to have colorful, beautiful autumns and the season is a favorite among many. You are so right- completely giving in to the down times is self-defeating. My summer was difficult with some very dark days. But on the worst of them, I remember having one of the loveliest birthdays, just when I needed it.

    And you look lovely as always. Doesn't dressing "up" lift your spirits? It does mine.

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  12. Good Afternoon Pam, What a lovely attitude you have to life. Nowadays it would be so easy to see the glass as half empty, but like you I am an optimist and prefer to see the glass as half full. I think it is seeing the little things on a daily basis that keeps us happy. I love your blog so I have become a follower and I am sending you best wishes from England. Regards, Daphne

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  13. I love it. You have great blog! <3

    Would You like to follow each other?
    http://linde-lo.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is why I love you. When I first saw the leaf I actually DID THINK IT WAS A RHINESTONE! I guess I'm a glass half full type of gal too! xo

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  15. Hi Pam!

    It is important to always focus on the good stuff!
    What makes me happy is to see that E, Mr D's daughter is fine -
    Take care Pam keep smiling - you know i do!

    Ariane xxxx

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  16. I saw the rhinestone on the leaf, too!!
    wonderful post Pam!!

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  17. Sometimes it is too easy to get bogged down in the "not so great moments" of life. It's then that we need to be reminded that beauty is all around us, we just need to open our eyes and see it. You have done a beautiful job of reminding us of that fact:) Thank you for such an uplifting post!

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  18. Pam, I love your photos and you look great in your classic outfit! I think there is a lot of beauty in your garden, life, and everywhere. As you said, it is in the eyes of the beholder! Have a great weekend!

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  19. What brings me joy today is my loving family and good health. My favroite expression is "A Smile is worth a thousand good intentions" and you have a beautiful smile.!!!!!!

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  20. Love love love the pattern tights. (I wore black striped tights today with black boots - I love this season for dressing.)

    Beautiful outfit.

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  21. What a lovely post (and pictures)! This has brought me joy today. Thanks!

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