So here I am, in my office staring out of a window as rain falls. In Southern California lately this qualifies as headline news. Looking out I realize that I’m sitting in clouds as fog blankets the valley below me and it’s beauty is soft. Beauty comes in a myriad number of packages of course, wrapped in many guises, played from any number of instruments.
Too often we have trouble recognizing beauty for what it really is when we see it every day. Hey, a snore can be a beautiful sound if we have been in a silent, lonely bed for too long.
A few thoughts on beauty:
Beauty knows no age
Beauty knows no race
Beauty knows no religion
Beauty knows no ability
Beauty knows no color
Beauty is not disabled or handicapped
Beauty knows no gender
Beauty is not determined by job
Beauty is not based on a mirror
There is beauty in us. All of us. Where is the beauty in you? We sometimes forget to glance inward but hopefully we know the beauty is still there even if it’s changed. We just have to remember to look.
Shhh. Listen. Hear that faint “woo-hoo” sound? That’s all the moms and dads across the land cheering. School is back in session. Oh sure, some schools retuned earlier but for most students this is the grand back-to-class day. That sound doesn’t last for long of course. Pretty soon the realization sinks in that the chauffeuring, the homework-helping, the teacher conferences, and the drama of school is headed at us at the speed of light. But for a brief, few moments go ahead. Luxuriate in the thought that you might just have an extra second or two to yourself (and the family pet who will miss them as soon as he wakes up).
“Fleischmann has nonverbal autism and never said a word until at the age of 11 when she shocked her family by typing the words “hurt” and “help” on a computer. This breakthrough encouraged them to help Fleischmann improve her communication skills through the written word. She’d eventually become a successful blogger and author. Now, she’s the host of a new talk show and just landed her first major guest, Channing Tatum” (Good Worldwide)
Adult correctional systems supervised an estimated 6,851,000 persons at year-end 2014.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
The United States had the highest prison population rate in the world, at 716 per 100,000 people. More than half of the countries and territories had rates below 150 per 100,000. The United States had a much higher rate compared to other developed countries: about six times Canada’s rate, between six to nine times Western European countries, and between two to 10 times Northern European countries.
Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, noted that the unprecedented rise in prisoners over four decades has been a function of changes in policy, and not crime rates.
Time we demand a reality check for political candidates?