Tales From A Hungry Life

July 20, 2016

Finding Beauty

by Maria Schulz

The world can be ugly sometimes. The news is filled with stories of murder,  bloodshed, hatred, racial injustice, cops killing innocent people, people killing innocent cops, despair, lies, plagiarism and politicians. It can really drag you down.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t find beauty if you just open your eyes and look for it.

There’s a song that I learned way, way back in my folk group days in grammar school. It’s an adaptation of the Prayer of St. Francis, and some of the words go like this:

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

O Master grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.”

No matter what your religious persuasion may be, I think those are some pretty fantastic words to live by. So, in that spirit, I’m going to post some photos that brought me happiness, hope, and joy despite all of the sadness, backbiting, and darkness in the world around us.

From now through Labor Day, I’m challenging myself to find beauty, laughter, kindness, and joy in the world around me. I may not change the world, but I can change the way I perceive it. For the next month and a half, I’ll focus on the things that lift us up and not the things that tear us down.


Beautiful and delicious

Beautiful and delicious

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint Recipe by Jacques Pepin

Watermelon and Feta Salad from PBS

Watermelon and Feta Salad is one of those things that can turn an ordinary, ho-hum meal into an extraordinary, highlight-reel-kind-of-meal. I’ve seen recipes that included olives (like Jacques Pepin’s), blueberries for another hit of color, and even balsamic vinaigrette. The possibilities are endless!

So, Hungry Lifers…what makes you happy? Where do you go to find beauty? What have you seen around you that brings you joy? Please post a comment and let us all know. Thanks! Have a great day.



  1. This post is a gift. You are a gift. Thanks for sharing the beauty…and for the recipe. One of my faves! 🙂

    Comment by wordimprovisor177 — July 20, 2016 @ 11:02 am | Reply

    • Thanks Darlene! Right back at ya! Speaking of beautiful…you should share photos of Mr. Artie Dog!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — July 20, 2016 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  2. Maria, a good hearty laugh always is one of the beautiful things in life. A smile, a puppy fast asleep, kids dressed up in their Communion suits/dresses, a couple walking hand in hand, fireworks, ducks on a pond, the aerial view of the rain forest, a herd of elephants, and whales migrating are just a few things that exude beauty in the purest sense.

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — July 20, 2016 @ 11:17 am | Reply

    • Awww…puppies sleeping! Kids in communion dresses! Those are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and reading.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — July 20, 2016 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  3. Sometimes the best posts are the shortest. Beauty is everywhere but if it doesn’t reside in one’s heart it is never seen and that is a pity. St. Francis’ prayer is beautiful but be careful: beneath that beauty is the need for the strength to live those words. I knew a man who prayed fervently to live those words and he was given the opportunity to do so but after a short time he found the difficulty in bearing other’s cares while at times being abused but according to the one praying the prayer must give peace, must always leave them smiling regardless if the one praying is hurting also, is ready to cry but has to wipe the tears of others. I,m just saying the prayer is beautiful but very hard to live by. The best thing about prayer is the one to whom you,re praying to doesn’t really require perfection just that you keep trying. Lovely post.

    Comment by bglou — July 20, 2016 @ 11:46 am | Reply

    • The only thing I can promise is to look for hope and beauty. I am no Saint (and I don’t play one on television), but I think we get nowhere if we aren’t willing to try to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. I just hope they use Odoreaters. Thanks for commenting.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — July 20, 2016 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  4. I think you will enjoy this from Maria’s blog!

    Comment by Miriam — July 20, 2016 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

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