No matter how beautiful

“. . . Show me the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is.”

—A Benedictine nun, as found in Wake Up to the Joy of You by Agapi Stassinopoulos

This is the scene outside my window today. We are snowed under. Homebound.

47 centimetres of snow (18.5 inches for my American friends)

Some would say this is the ugly truth of winter. I say it is the beautiful truth.

A time for an in-breath. A time to take full advantage of my word for the year: FOCUS.

A time to seek out and, more importantly, believe my own beautiful truths.

9 thoughts on “No matter how beautiful

  1. Joni

    It’s lovely, but we didn’t get even so much as a flurry, although the rest of the province of Ontarion was blanketed with anywhere from 30-50 cm.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      Wow, I can’t believe you didn’t get any! That is amazing. Weather patterns are very interesting. It is snowing again here – but not as much as on Monday. I’ll still have to go to work!

  2. Ally Bean

    I have Agapi Stassinopoulos’s book and her advice is such a good way think about life. I like your photo, but I enjoy the muted colors of winter. They give pause. I like that.

  3. Endless Weekend

    As I read your post with the beatuiful winter wonderland outside your window (it’s probably easier to admire it when we haven’t seen snow here in years 🙂 ), I’m reminded of Vanna’s Bonta’s words “The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.” Thank you for the shift in FOCUS.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      A lovely quote. Thank you! There are many people who don’t care for winter, so they don’t love the snow, but I love winter. I love the way the cold air hits my face when I open the door. I love skiing and skating and walking in the woods when the evergreen branches are laden with white. Beautiful and so energizing. It’s all about wearing the proper clothing.


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