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A Thing of Beauty

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful places in the Midwest – the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I accompanied my husband, Bob, to a meeting there. Bob is a sculptor George Rickeyhimself and has been telling me about the park for a very long time. It was delightful and a bit awe inspiring to see so many pieces of contemporary sculpture situated in beautifully landscaped surroundings. Currently there is an exhibit of George Rickey’s kinetic sculpture that is truly amazing. The pieces move very gently with the wind and they remind me of gentle giants.

I had a weird reaction after being there for a while. I rode the tram around the park and got the guided tour that was very informative and helpful. I perused the gift shop and ended up in the cafe for a light lunch. As I was sitting there, I was overcome with a sense of overwhelm and sadness. I was surprised to be feeling this way after having felt very energized initially by all that I had seen.

When I sat with my own feelings for a while, what I noticed was that I felt very small and insignificant. What can I possibly do with my life that will, in any way, compare to the greatness I witnessed there?

I know intellectually that each of us is endowed with different gifts. I know that we cannot all be artists (and one in my family is probably enough!). I also know that I make a difference, and that my intention is to do good work that makes a difference in the lives of others. But, sometimes it’s a challenge to line up what we know in our minds and what we feel in our bodies. When we sit with our feelings they have much to teach us about ourselves.

So, what is the beauty you bring to the world? How are you sharing the gift of yourself with others?

If you want a bit of inspiration, I highly recommend the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park!

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