How much activity and beauty can you find in a square-inch of grass? I don't recall the teacher, or how old I was, but I do remember this assignment: to lie down on our stomachs on the grass and choose a small patch of grass ~ one square inch ~ to look at for a long time. The question was, "How much activity can you notice in that small patch of grass?
At first, all I noticed were the blades of grass. After a while I began to notice a lot of things; an ant crawling through the grass, a breeze causing a few green blades to sway or quiver (but not all of them), the dark dirt at the base of the grass and how good it smelled. Then I noticed that not every blade of grass was the same color, or standing up straight. Some were dark green and some were wilting at the end of their life span. The air sometimes hummed with the sound of a bumble bee. The longer I stayed there the more beauty I saw, smelled and heard. I have never forgotten that wonderful lesson.
In life we sometimes get used to looking at, or running across, the whole acre and forget how much beauty can be found in one small patch of earth. At times we may feel as though the whole world is at our feet and everything is going our way. Sometimes, though, challenges come along with our health, our finances, our relationships or our situations. We may feel as though we are suddenly forced onto our stomachs to stare at a square-inch of grass, with no other option, and that the acre is no longer ours to roam. When we
How much activity and beauty can you find in your new square-inch of life right now? There IS beauty. There are possibilities and blessings. There is hope. It takes a new shift in attitude, and a lot of prayer (if you are willing), to begin to look for the beauty that is there. It also takes a lot of letting go; letting go of old expectations, letting go of unhelpful habits. Those can be replaced with new possibilities, and (even better)...simply enjoying the beauty of where you are right now. What beauty is right outside of the window that's closest to you right now? What sounds can you hear? In fact, go outside right now if you are able, or open the window. What smells can you smell if you sit outside right now, or lay on your stomach on the grass right now ?
Look at your own new square-inch of life and look for beauty. Look for new possiblities in the four familiar areas to stay balanced: socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. With your new limitations, what positive change can come into your relationships with people? What things are you learning about your emotional health? Can you accept were you are RIGHT NOW and just breathe? What can you do to be at peace with your emotions? If your physical limitations seem discouraging, what things can you explore that may seem huge to you even if they are small to someone else? What beauty can you find in the physical surroundings around you?
Last, but not least, what positive things can you experience in the spiritual part of your life? Maybe this is the most challenging area when times are tough and you feel abandoned. However, maybe this is the time when you feel especially close to your Heavenly Father, and your ability to feel the Savior's love for you is amplified.
I you feel alone please trust that you are not alone. Jesus Christ is the only one who was ever truly alone when He suffered for each of us. One reason he suffered for us was so that we would NEVER be left comfortless. You are never alone. If you don't feel it right now, keep trusting, praying and hoping. The Lord will soon let you know you are not forgotten.
What beauty, peace and comfort can you experience through the love and comfort that the Lord is waiting to fill you with? You may find it on your knees as you pray, or you may find it listening to beautiful music, or out-of-doors while looking at a beautiful sunset, or a pine tree covered with snow. The Lord knows what you are going through, and wants to bless you if you are open to it.
There is a lot of beauty in your own square-inch of life if you look for it. It can be a beautiful time of life in many ways.