9. The Sense of Beauty

My mother used to have difficulty sleeping. And I just liked to stay up late. I remember that quite often we would spend late nights sitting together in the den watching the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.  And even though I would have school the next day, my mother never seemed to mind my staying up. I think she liked the company.


I have fond memories of those early years, of Christmas, those late nights, of bottomless bowls of popcorn, friends, music and dancing. And I find comfort in thinking about those times, even though it’s through the mist of a sweet sadness that I see them.


Lasting beauty is bound in relationships and in the memories of friendships, family, courtship and love. There is great energy in those bonds, waiting for release. And in order to realize its strength you have only to sense the beauty.


Day 9 Guide


Today, ask yourself questions about your surroundings and the people around you. Try to notice the things that you would otherwise overlook, and pay special attention to your friends, your family and your co-workers. Think about the bonds of relationship that exist between you. The key here is to arouse strong feelings that will later adorn the walls of your Joyous Gard.


© 2004, Levi Hill

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