I’m blessed with the ability to see stories and potential in everything. I see beauty within each and every person I meet. Sometimes beauty isn’t seen with my eyes, it’s heard with my ears. I value life stories told because I develop an appreciation for lessons learned and who the person has become. While working, I see potential where others see none, whether it’s a unique marketing campaign or a house that needs some work to be returned to it’s former – or future – glory.
I thought the following was a perfect example of how there is beauty in everything if you open yourself up to see it. You’ll find this ability enhanced with daily gratitude.
Old Barns & Old PeopleA stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off he was crazy. He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty. Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there's been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's gone, and the wood has turned silver gray. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful. That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down the road. He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood. It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver gray too... And lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows what He's doing. And as the years pass He's busy using the hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy! They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man's house. And I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch. And I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been through here.... And just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house. Author Unknown
After finishing this post, I received a message that the person who was like a mother to me and a grandmother to my children, is being called home. She’s been through many seasons here and will add great beauty to her Father’s house. We love you Grandma Helen and I am very grateful that you were the brilliant green grass at a time when my life had rain.