I know I’ve said it before, but one of the small downsides of being an American (maybe even being from the West), is that we love our dichotomies. Something is this or that. Yet when we step back and reflect, we know this way of viewing the world is too simplistic and tricks us out of seeing beyond the narrow categories.
So, in forcing myself to retrain this default thinking tendency I have, notice the beauty in these three unlikely places:
1. Numbers. Alrighty, if you’ve been in the messy middle for a while, you know I love numbers (in particular, pi). Thanks to my friend Gayle, she pointed out the beautiful week we’re living if you write dates this way:
Look at the palindromes embedded in the dates! My sister suggested having dessert, a salad, main course, a salad, and dessert as a way to celebrate and mark the beauty of patterns and numbers. Count me in!
3. Words that might not sound similar to you. A few weeks ago in honor of National Poetry Month I taught a lesson to scholars visiting from China. We looked at seven Shel Silverstein poems and had fun with how to say “line” and “lion” once we realized most were saying them “line line.” At the end of the lesson, a student commented she had never thought about having children’s poetry because China just has “poetry.” Regardless of your age, Tang Dynasty Poetry is pretty much the standard. This was the beauty of language and ah-ha. So fun when you don’t see that beauty coming and it pops up.
What beauty have you seen in unlikely places this week?