Week #18: Roots & petals

“Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

I’m usually pretty laid back, but even I go through the occasional funk. Like my brain is doing this to itself.  One of the things that can help snap me out of it is the beauty of God’s creation (if I remember enough to immerse myself in it).

Next time I’m feeling topsy turvy, I know where I’ll need to go—the Arboretum. I’d heard about this garden paradise many times before, but until this week I’d never been. A friend from high school was in town visiting & I was tasked with coming up with things to do. We’d already partied like it was 2004—pigging out on good food, falling asleep watching movies & swapping our best guy-related stories—when we decided to partake in another old pastime (walking around & enjoying nature).

We had a grand old time, taking pictures & reveling in the beautiful flowers, fish & mosquitoes (not so much). It was God’s grace shining through the sun & the smiles & the green & the warm & the shininess of it all. Now that’s a reason to be happy.

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