The beauty uplifted me.
The world chaotically bustled about as I watched
Breathing in the noise and the movement and the disorder
I used to lose sleep over the howls of fear and failure and confusion
That so easily feed upon people and the silly problems people have
The beasts whispered in my ear, telling me that beauty was nonexistent
But then I inhaled the universe with a single breath
And as I consumed it, it consumed me
I felt its beauty and it recognized mine
And I realized that I am the one controlling the fear and failure and confusion
And in that moment, I was untouchable
I let go of the beasts that had held my eyes shut
I saw Good in everything,
And everything was Good.
My father’s voice and the strums on his guitar drifting to the top of the house
The ride to lunch in an aged, battered Volkswagen beetle
Laughter at 2:00 am on a Thursday
And the oversized t-shirt hanging off of me at every football game
My friends and the messes we make and the trouble we cause
The abandoned hospital on dark October nights
His arm hanging over my shoulder as we listen to human noise
Her eyes crying happy tears with sore ribs and cheeks
Handwritten notes and flowers and black coffee
And nervous first kisses in desolate parking lots
Exploring and getting lost until you lose yourself completely
Wandering through life until you find… you again
Life is beautiful.
The rain falls so the flowers can bloom
And so it goes with our lives, too
Even nothingness has loveliness
And gives meaning and worth to the world
Everything was Good,
And I saw Good in everything.