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  • Writer's pictureMichael Kennedy

Surprised by Beauty

Have you ever had a moment when something you read, heard, or saw was presented in such a way you were startled by its insight and beauty? In that fleeting moment you felt a deep connection, something rattled your soul. You couldn't put your finger on it, but everything fit perfectly together like a Sudoku puzzle.

What if we could realize more of these meaningful moments? Afterall, not all of us wake up on Monday mornings feeling like one of the Zacchini brothers being launched into the week as a human cannon ball.

Blast to the Past

Remember when you were a child and things caught you by surprise? Imagine being back at that magical place where compasses and clocks didn't exist. Where you were the master of the universe.

Look around! There's fascination in noticing things.

The grace is all around us. It offers a kind of ecstacy if we look closely enough. For example, look at the way the light shines through these trees and the mist dances on the river.

Look at this silly car in the parking lot.

Look at the expression on this tree!

You really don't have to look too far.

There's astonishing stuff all around us. It may not seem so at first, like the beginning of this wobbly pier. But just keep looking. The beautiful and fascinating stuff will start revealing itself in the most unusual ways. And when it does, let it take your breath away.

Getting engrossed by things we read, hear, and see is a powerful elixer for the rational mind, the mind that may have lost some of the magic from the past.

Don't let the novelty of your child-like wonder wear off. Go get startled by something remarkable. Let the magic back in.


Hello! I’m Michael Kennedy, Olympic Valley, CA resident. I’m a teacher, freelance writer, and photographer. Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed it, please share with others. I value your attention, it means a lot to me and it helps others see the story. If you're interested in any photos in this post, or in my gallery: click here, let me know what size you want, and I'll send a quote. My email:

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