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Overwhelming Beauty

Sunday, June 7, 2009  at 12:03 PM
It was so beautiful that if it was a painting it would have been on velvet. My friend David and I were watching the sunset over Washington,D.C., from a stone-clad tower at the National Cathedral. The bright tangerine rays backlit the clouds in such a way that the entire scene looked surreal, much like a painting on velvet. In silence we watched as the bright orange ball descended into the horizon, cloaking Washington in darkness.

When I am around such beauty it almost seems more than I can handle. I find myself wanting to fast forward through the experience. Weeks later, I mentioned this to another friend, who quoted a line from the award-winning film American Beauty. Kevin Spacey’s character, Lester Burnham, delivers it:

“But it’s hard to stay mad when there is so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that is about to burst and then I remember to relax and stop trying to hold on to it and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I am talking about. I am sure. But don’t you worry, you will some day.” (Inspiration/Heart Center)

3 comments:

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cyngen said...

That quote is incredible. A couple of weeks ago I got to tour the office of one of my favorite architects (I LOVE architect's offices!). Literally two minutes later I was walking through an enormous exhibit of one of my favorite artists, Vasily Kandinsky.

After a few minutes I start to feel overwhelmed...it was too much beauty...my heart was overflowing and it made me want to run. I stopped and tried to breathe it in a bit, but it really was too much. I think that is why I love art books from exhibits I've seen. I know I've seen the painting on the page in front of me, but now I can sit with each one and soak it in. I had a psychic kind of guy say to me once, "Cynthia, don't hold on so tightly. Relax your grip, you can not lose."

Thanks for your wonderful blog. I'm looking forward to reading more of your AHA! moments.

Randy said...

Dear Cynthia:

I love that: "Don't hold on so tightly.... Relax your grip...." Isn't that true of anything that we love? In order to "be with it" we have to let it be free. Thanks for writing. Randy