I went for my walk yesterday at work during my lunch hour. We have had winter weather all weekend; go figure!!!! Anyway, it has been a combination of snow and ice falling for the last week or so. Needless to say, the scenery is absolutely amazing right now. Trees, covered in snow, some with ice, and white as far as the eye can see. Just like walking through Narnia.
And, it shimmers.
You know how there are words, that when you say them, illicit the sound that the word signifies? That is what shimmer does for me. It just occurred to me as the best word to describe what I saw as I was walking. The world is shimmering. Ice, snow, white and clear. And yesterday, shimmer even had a sound to it, as the icicled branches clicked against one another. It even made a shimmer sound.
Now, I could have easily walked right through this world and never given it a second thought. Just another winter day in the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania. But, in my mind, that would have been an opportunity just slipping right away. I had to capture it, appreciate it, savor it. That shimmer that stayed with me all day.
As many of you know, my beloved is an artist. So, I have come to know a bit more than a little over the years about paint, ceramic, color, design. And what I know about the color white, is that it is not a color at all. White is the total absence of color. Really.
Well, even in the absence of color, the world exploded with life and color and design and beauty. Surrounded by white, I really was overcome with how beautiful the world around me was shimmering, and aglow with its own magnificence.
Think about your internal and external world. Is it the total absence of color at first glance? Nothing really of note? Look again. Breathe in the beauty of your worlds. Examine how the aspects of those worlds work together, even without our intervention. Listen to the shimmer of the branches. Appreciate the absence of color as beauty in and of itself. Take a walk through Narnia. Imagine a world for yourself that is brighter, lighter, intense and vibrant with life. Imagine it, and it can be.
Allow the shimmer that exists in the world, in your world, and the world around you, to shine through. Take it in, and then remember it. Take it with you always. Let the shimmer flow out of you, and shine onto others. You can do it, you have to do it!
Shimmer on, my beauties, shimmer on.