Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. (Franz Kafka, 20th century Bohemian novelist)

Our environment is not always beautiful. Neither are the circumstances of life always pleasant and comforting. Not only is “beauty in the eye of the beholder,” as the saying goes, it is likely nearby and needs only to be seen to be enjoyed. Look for the flower growing in the mud, for example. A positive, expectant perspective might reveal more beauty than you imagined.

Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. (Isaiah 35:2)