To find the beautiful

Gludgey joins Drew, Matt and Jeff looking out from the Coast Starlight. Santa Barbara County, California, April 1993

Gludgey joins Drew, Matt and Jeff looking out the window of the Coast Starlight.
Santa Barbara County, California, April 1993

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

A year ago today I wrote about Drew’s beloved toy raccoon Gludgey, who went along with our family everywhere we traveled.  Books, favorite snacks, and comfortable shoes are other things we carried with us wherever we went.

Of course, that’s not what Emerson meant when he talked about carrying the beautiful with us.  He wasn’t talking about objects, but the attitude he describes can make these everyday items beautiful to us, even when they are ordinary and worn.  When we look past the surface to the substance, we will indeed find beauty wherever we go.

What are some of the tangible and intangible things you carry with you when you travel?  How do these things help you find what is beautiful in other landscapes and circumstances?

One year ago today:

Things that look used

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

 

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