How to Find Beauty in Strange Days


in Personal Growth

In my world, the past few days have been filled with high emotion. Rifts exposed and sadness revealed. Altercations between loved ones as their roles in relationship to each other change. Realities being faced. Beloved pets passing. Computers crashing.

Strange days, indeed.

When such circumstances come to a boil, my natural inclination is to wish for escape. A trip to a sun-drenched beach where all I am required to do is lounge on my chair and signal the waiter when Iā€™m ready for another refreshing, fruity beverage graced with a cheerful umbrella.

Sound familiar?

But as I step back and look at all that has transpired, I am reminded that these are just ordinary days. No better and no worse than other days. Just days. Just life.

And, these days bear gifts of beauty, if only we are wise enough to look.

  • To participate in the richness of everyday experiences.
  • To be surprised ā€“ yet again ā€“ by what life has in store.
  • To choose our responses.
  • To be granted insight and knowledge we may not have had before.
  • To be given opportunities to examine and perhaps reorder our priorities.
  • To experience growth.
  • To appreciate others and what they bring to our lives.
  • To consider what we may be taking for granted.
  • To value family and friends.
  • To be grateful for all the good things that we already have.
  • To remember how we experience our days is how we experience our lives.

I think I might be falling in love with strange days.

What gifts do strange days bring you?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy Potts January 20, 2011 at

Andrea, what a wonderful and timely reminder as I have had some of my own life experiences that would seemingly cause me to derail! Thank you for posting.


Andrea January 20, 2011 at

I’m so happy this post was timely for you. Thanks so much for commenting!


Roberta January 20, 2011 at

Very insightful and true. Reminds me of something I read many years ago ~ Life is what happens while you are out making other plans. The ups and downs are all a part of life. As much as possible we need to accept the downs too as just the price of living a full life.


Andrea January 20, 2011 at

Thanks, Roberta. You are so right … experiencing the down times is a must if you want to live a rich, full life.


Ronna January 20, 2011 at

I’m well aware that I’m included in these lists of strange circumstances, strange days. And yes, much in the midst of the ordinary.

I cannot escape. And when I can take a deep breath and think/feel/love well, I don’t want to. I stay.

A beautiful acknowledgment of life’s truth, Andrea. Thank you.


Andrea January 20, 2011 at

I’m laughing, Ronna, in a totally good way, of course. Yes, you are included. :)


Rita January 21, 2011 at

Really liked this one, Andrea. Have been in the midst of strange days for the past week or so. Yeah, they bring all that stuff you listed. My gratitude practice is the thing that’s helping me see the gifts in the (uncomfortable, unnerving, often-unwanted) strange.
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Andrea January 21, 2011 at

Your gratitude practice is so fabulous … it truly is the one thing that is sure to change your perspective. I love that you are blogging about it!


Vanessa Vinos January 22, 2011 at

Someone told me on Twitter that the full moon this week was causing a lot of strange things to happen. OK, back to the question at hand, strange days bring me:
*lessons to learn
*gratitude when I come out the other end
*gratitude that strange days are “strange” because they don’t appear regularly
* usually something to me a smile about at a later date
Great post Andrea! You write so beautifully.


Andrea January 22, 2011 at

Well, if there wasn’t a full moon, there certainly should have been! It sounds like you have a wonderful perspective on strange days, my friend. You are so right about the smiles that come later… and hopefully, a bit of laughter. Thanks, Vanessa!


Sandra January 23, 2011 at

Strange Days……hmmmm. In a world full of expectations, from others or self imposed, I “see” all days as just that: Strange, wonderful, marvelous, scary, perplexing, unexpected, ordinary etc. I’m reminded that these moments in all their uniqueness provide opportunity to once again surrender to what is. If I allow them to be and I do not become attached them or the outcome, it’s so much easier to leave my ego out of the equation and find joy in spite of what my mind thinks. ;-)

Toasting a “strange and wacky” life!


Andrea January 23, 2011 at

That’s fantastic! Nothing is good or bad, it just is. I’m toasting right along with you. Thanks, Sandra!


Andrea January 23, 2011 at

That’s fantastic! Nothing is good or bad, it just is. I’m toasting right along with you. Thanks, Sandra.


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