l o v e . l i v e . t r a v e l. e a t. p r a i s e.
Once again, I find myself at a point in my life when I am struggling to find the beauty in my surroundings. When I was stuck at home sick for a couple of weeks, I was getting so frustrated at the fact that despite rest, medical advice and medicine, I wasn’t improving at all. I was home alone constantly, with no conversation but the little voices in my head telling me I wasn’t good enough, that no one loved me or could care less about me, and that nothing I did would make them. It’s always hard to shake these feelings at the best of times, let alone when you’re feeling awful. I felt like I was nothing.
Not being able to wander any further than my own backyard, I spotted this beautiful mandarin tree hanging over the fence. Despite the awfully cold, dark and depressing winter, this tree was taking advantage of the sun when it occasionally decided to appear, and had used the copious amounts of rain it had endured to allow itself to thrive.
I couldn’t help but think there was a lesson in this. To show beauty and be fruitful in a season of hardship, despite the conditions and situation you may find yourself in, is something I always want to remember to strive towards.