Reflections about Beauty

Carol A. Hand

Grateful for sharing a visit to a garden

with the dear friend who delighted in each bloom

and greeted everyone we met with kindness

as we shared a lunch at a local “greasy spoon


Hortus Garden – July 2017


Grateful for the gentle man who paints houses

and writes novels for sharing his creative stories

as we stood for hours under grey July skies

on an unseasonably cool day in these northern territories


Grateful to the dragonfly/damselfly (?) for choosing to stay

resting on my jacket sleeve with gossamer wings still

gazing into my eyes in the afternoon sun

before taking flight again and traveling where s/he will


Canada Darner – Aeshna Canadensis (photo by Phil Myers,


Grateful for all the simple gifts that remind me of the many faces of beauty.



About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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34 Responses to Reflections about Beauty

  1. kethuprofumo says:

    Wonderful & positive reflections, dear Carol! Great! 🙂

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  2. Every time I read your words and view your beautiful photographs, you remind me of how marvellous life is. Thank you Carol. (Again!) xx

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  3. Beautifully expressed… lovely writing.

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  4. Beautiful Carol! I’m grateful reading it. 🙏🏻💕

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  5. bethanyk says:

    What a beautiufl post!!!

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  6. hsampson says:

    This was beautiful! Thanks Carol!!! Always a pleasure!!

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  7. Gratitude…and grace. So beautiful, dear Carol. It is our love for all things which will sustain us in these very challenging times. What a lovely post to remind us to be grateful.

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  8. victorialise says:

    I’m grateful too. Thank you for helping me stay rooted in gratitude and simplicity.

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  9. jazzygirl says:

    Thank you for the reminder to be present and notice the beauty in this life, even in the smallest things, and to be grateful.

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  10. This was a breath of peace after reading your political post. ❤ If only we could all look around us and into each other's faces and see only beauty.

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    • 🙂 I wrote this in the morning, inspired by the dragonfly/damselfly, before I checked my email. These days, I hesitate to post critical, “bad-news,” or angry reflections. There are too many of those these days and too few that encourage us to look for peace and everyday beauty. But Nolan’s example is inspiring, too, and his message is crucial. ❤

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  11. smilecalm says:

    enough gratitude’s here
    to really make me smile 🙂

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  12. thejuicenut says:

    I love your beautiful observations of nature 😊 I often see dragonflies of varying hues when I sit still in my garden, they are fascinating, how wonderful to have one sit with you like that. 🌼

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  13. mytiturk says:

    Your caring shines through in your writing and the interchanges with those who comment on your blog, Carol A.

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  14. kphoenix1 says:

    So lovely, Carol. 🙏❤

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  15. Thank you for the positivity🙂

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