Old Ham and the Beautiful We Have Within

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

It is so easy to forget that we need to make our lives and ourselves beautiful. I can get so rushed and frantic that I forget to brush my hair, put dinner on plates that don’t have cracks and chips, and remind my kids I love them dearly with a heart-felt hug each and every day.

Rather than looking for beauty on the outside, and wondering why I have zits on my chin, I am hoping today to notice the tulips blooming outside my office front door, to smile at myself in the mirror, and to relish the loving relationships I have.

I think this could also be thought of as bringing Easter with us. The ham smells gross this morning after, and I have a headache from the chocolates. But the promise of the resurrection is that God is with us, always will be, and the best is yet to come. When I bring that promise with me, beauty is with me too.


  1. This is true too! Actually, after I posted my blog (that you just commented on haha) I realized that I’ve been taking better care of myself since I came to my realization. And everything in life has been prettier..

    1. Yes, awesome isn’t it– how life is “prettier” when we carry appreciation of its beauty/inate goodness with us rather than looking for it all the time?

  2. I like to make my life beautiful and I do notice beauty around me… I’m aiming for making myself beautiful inside, but so far no luck, I can be pretty ugly unfortunately 😦

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