importance of beauty to our lives requires no explanation, and we
never need to explain our reasons or apologize for actively seeking
it out. My mother taught me that without ever putting it into words,
and in the process, she gave me life a second time.
Visual beauty, heart-stopping beauty, gently soothing beauty surrounds
us every day of our lives, everywhere; a dandelion blossom emerging
from a crack in the pavement; a cloud forming or dissipating in
a deep blue sky; the grain structure of a piece of lumber....
However, when we become aware of the beauty of water streaming down
our windowpanes, chances are that even without trying we will sensitize
others to the beauty around them and help to enrich their daily