As we continue to learn the basket of words and how they represent themselves in our lives
I hope you have seen a progression.
Starting out with courage which is incredibly hard, then willingness, trust, tenderness, power, balance, change, rest, healing, compassion, and then play.
The next word from the basket will be beauty.
Dictionary.com describes it as:
loveliness, beautiful quality, grace, charm.
Something beautiful in nature or as in a person,
outstanding example of it’s kind.
When I talk about beauty I am not referring to the type our media brings to us which is centered around vanity issues.
That is not beauty or in the very least fabricated beauty.
I am talking about beauty as in discovering and exploring
perhaps for the first time,
the beauty that is within you.
It is a character quality.
Matters of the heart kind of beauty.
Maya Angelou once said:
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but we rarely admit
the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
The same is said for recovery.
We go through many changes, many ups and downs and moments that bring clarity to us.
The road is hard.
We often think we will not make it.
We feel we cannot go further or gain any progress.
Then after a season of unbelief…
the beauty of what is held inside us begins to pour up and out
and we begin to feel capable, confident and with feeling.
At that point we realize the darkness that had engulfed us and clouded our vision
also removed our hope and truth.
Recovery often begins with depression and gray thoughts.
Healing helps us to see the beauty in a rose, a sunset, or a loved ones smile.
As the fog and heaviness lifts our minds clear and the beauty of the world around us rises to the surface bringing to us a new sense of being alive.
To appoint unto them that mourn in zion,
to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3
Our thirteenth word is beauty because it brings freshness,
truth and hope.