Finding the Beautiful

By Trudy Samsill

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce sums it up neatly in her quote concerning the flip of the page to a new calendar year. Can you hear the sound with me of the rustle of the new calendar’s page? This sound ushers in the beginning of another 365 days that are at our fingertips, like pages in a blank journal, awaiting pen to touch paper, eagerly anticipating what words will b formed and what stories will be scripted.

Before every New Year, I purchase a new journal ready to fill the virgin paper with my hopes, thoughts, dreams, wishes, prayers, and struggles. The dawning of 2019 will repeat the same procedure as years gone by. New journal, new thoughts, new stories to tell.

Except this New Year will find me carrying over a new practice, one that was birthed in my life in 2017 and one I began to faithfully put into practice in 2018 in the midst of trials and the messiness of life. I hope you will find inspiration among my words and begin this practice too as you ring in 2019.

I call this new practice of mine “finding the beautiful.” Without a doubt it has served me well, right through the illnesses and deaths of loved ones, to dealing with breast cancer and two surgeries, and straight into the end of 2018 which happens to be full of life changes for my family.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the January/February issue of LiveIt magazine.