The Beauties of Life
Mareita Jo Peters Reece (Mom)
July 23, 1933 – July 24, 2013
loved by many, she was, and will always be, my creative compass.
My mother wrote this in 1951 (she was 18 years old)
"Life is beautiful. It is beautiful because God made it that way.
We look out our window and what do we see? We see the beauties of nature; the sky in all its glory, the trees, the grass, the good earth. The birds are singing to each other; the trees are whispering among themselves. We hear children laughing as they play in the yard below. All this, and more, God has given to us for our pleasure.
There is beauty in the people about us. Lights shine in the eyes of our friends. Goodness and love cause beauty to shine from every part of the face.
No beauty is more beautiful than the mind which designed it. The artist paints a picture, but the picture in his mind is far more beautiful than the one on canvas. The poet and writer may put beauty into words, but the thoughts in their minds are too beautiful to express. A writer of music may put something beautiful into notes, but the sound he hears comes from Heaven and cannot be put on paper.
All around us every day, everybody, everything, every creature has a beauty of its own. This is the beauty which God has given it by shining his love upon it. All we have to do to enjoy these beauties is to love God and every living creature. The happiness found in the beauty of God’s love is life itself.
At the end of each day after the golden sun has bowed his head to let the silvery moon rise, we can fall on our knees and thank God for the beauties he has given us. Then we can go to sleep in the Master’s arms seeing the beautiful face of the One who died for us that we might enjoy this life."
"Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things.
In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible." - Caroline Kennedy