It was nothing, really.
Just a thoughtless comment,
an unconsidered slam.
But it stung.
So I set out to look for soothing beauty.
I challenged myself to see how much I could find in one square foot of ordinary space.
What could I see without moving my feet from the same spot?
Sunlight slanting through the weeds,
frozen leaves in icy grasses...
dew melting into crystalline drops.
There is so much design, so much form and color in one square foot of space!
Even an ordinary wire fence is extraordinary.
It's amazing how much joy you can wring from one square foot of earth wherever you are!
What's your retreat when life knocks you down?
What soothing beauty can you find in one square foot of ordinary life?