Seeing Beauty in Unexpected Places

Grains of Sand from Maui: Photo by Dr. Gary Greenberg

Good Morning, God!

I knew that each snowflake was unique — but grains of sand? I’m amazed! And delighted! These grains of sand are beautiful. But, the thing is, God, that it takes a very powerful microscope to see — and photograph — them. So, it is no surprise that I’ve always seen grains of sand as identical.

It is tempting to think that people — all 7 billion or so — are pretty much identical. It is just “easier” to assume that other people are pretty much like us. That’s my default assumption. Hmmm. And I hold to this illusion, in spite of growing up in a family filled with diversity — in spite of my being married for many years to a person fundamentally different from me. Ah yes, God! Gender differences!

It’s odd, God! In spite of my reading books by Deborah Tannen and learning about Myers Briggs “types” and enneagram types — I am still, so often, surprised by our differences!

Sigh, yes, You do love surprises. And I do have “miles to go before I sleep.” So much learning and growing left to do. So much interacting with other grains of sand. Are we ever done, God? Or is “done” a finite human concept?

Hmmm. Perhaps, it would be better for me to focus on the beauty and uniqueness of the grains around me? Please help me, God!

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