The poet Keats said “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

Even after the beauty is gone, the memory sticks with you.

I’m afraid the thought doesn’t apply when admiring a clean kitchen or a freshly-vacuumed car or a lovely flower garden because those beautiful sights don’t last long, and they only make me sad when they’re a wreck-and-a-half again.

But I get it.

I think back to my favorite dresses as a little girl, the painting that hung over our piano when I was little, or the quilt my grandma made for my little bed decades ago, and the thought of those pretty things still brings a smile to my face.

I love to think back over the beauty I’ve seen in my life and the thought makes me happy.

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo)
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