revelation

Beauty can surprise you. It can take your breath away. It can be found at rock bottom. It can be there all along.

When cherry blossoms come out of hiding, where there’s belief, in the revelation of worth, in healing, when you grow deep roots, in profound darkness, when you look at the other side…there lies beauty.

Real beauty, true beauty fills your lungs with air. It inspires awe. It opens your eyes. It rises from the ashes.

Knowing beauty in the small and impossible places is a living banner across your heart. It can’t be torn or stripped from you. Once you know beauty it is always yours to hold, shed light on and give away.

Swept Up


In cherry blossoms
This beautiful photo was taken by Dawn. I’ve come to know her here in the blogosphere and besides taking beautiful photographs she is wise and sweet and has a gift for saying just the right thing. You can see her many, many gorgeous photos at her blog, the dawn of an older age.

14 thoughts on “revelation

  1. kendalee

    This is a lovely observation Heidi and reminds me of one of my favourite Keats poems…

    Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all
    ye know on on earth, and all ye need to know.
    (Ode on a Grecian Urn)

    Wishing you a weekend of beauty and thank you for the pointer to Dawn’s gorgeous photographs!

  2. LENORENEVERMORE

    Lovely…I really want to feel the awe…I really do…I promise! My dad travels to Japan for work quite often & taught me how to sing Cherry Blossoms'song- SAKURA…

  3. Linda Sue

    Dawn is my girlfriend- we are going to get married…in another life, she does not know it yet…Her photography is ethereal- I want her eyes!Thanks for posting this and recognizing her gift.She has it all going on!

  4. you gotta wonder

    It’s almost like being there. My yard is a constant series of awakening glimpses of beauty. Budding leaves and blossoms. Scents that refuse to be captured in photos. Spring is springing to life! Thank you for sharing and reminding us to enjoy the surprises.

  5. thezeninyou

    Well is post is so beautiful! I love how beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. I love how you write: “Real beauty, true beauty fills your lungs with air. It inspires awe. It opens your eyes. It rises from the ashes.” Very well put!

  6. Suz Broughton

    “Knowing beauty in the small and impossible places is a living banner across your heart.” Love that!

  7. Khaled KEM

    Wow Heidi,

    It’s very close to be a prose.
    I like some the imagery and deepness in these words. I hope that you continue writing and make these inspiring words kind of a series (Beauty, love, life,etc…..)

  8. curious girl (lisa)

    so very true. imagine how dismal the dark spots would be if we had no reverence for beauty?

  9. Heidi

    kendalee, Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all
    ye know on on earth, and all ye need to know.
    I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know this poem by Keats….thank you for this.

    lenore, i didn’t know there was a song! if you were here in person i would make you sing it! 🙂

    linda sue, ethereal…that is the perfect word to describe dawn’s photos! you make me laugh…i wish you and dawn all the best in the next life. 😉

    kch, thanks…isn’t it a lovely photo…i can’t stop staring at it.

    ygw, the scents…i wish it was something you could capture through a camera! “spring is springing to life”…finally!

    tziy, thank you so much! i hope you’re having a lovely weekend. 🙂

    suz, thank you, sweets!

    sugarlens, it is lovely, isn’t it? she has a great eye…i don’t know much about photography, but i know she’s good.

    khaled, hmmm…a series…ideas for blog posts! thank you!

    lisa, this, “imagine how dismal the dark spots would be if we had no reverence for beauty?” makes me want to change the title to reverence.

  10. dawn

    excuse me my friend, but i must say that to me, when i found you and your wonderful and insightful words, i found beauty. and now i am lucky enough to have found friendship as well.

    xxoo
    d

  11. LMN

    Aaah! It’s Saturday morning, and I am in California and watching this mommy bird come and go feeding her little baby (woohoo!) and finally getting caught up on all my favorite blogs. 🙂 I love Dawn’s photography, too – isn’t she amazing! Yes, beauty in small places, dark places, forgotten places. Love it when it is there and you’ve forgotten and it takes you by surprise once again.

    Love your post!

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