Beauty

114 If you are not happy, why?

Work and exercise build muscle. Is that the only reward? Might the exercise also be doing useful work? Quitting exercise causes atrophy. Fortunately, being unable to work does not mean doing nothing at all. We can substitute activities. Increased happiness of others is not a result of our happiness; it is the cause. Beauty and happiness attach to health—especially mental health. Therefore, let us increase happiness by giving it away. Today’s stories show failure and success of the process.

111 The hero who found beauty in us

New arrivals will find here what they found in their previous neighborhoods—unless they expect to finding better. The worlds we find depend on what we seek. Dr. King would have us find the promised land by creating it from within. I never met him in person, but he is my friend.
We have the opportunity, not a burden, to find the good. The mountaintop provides positive perspective. When I hear this hero speak, my heart beats quicker and my eyes tear up. Enjoy today’s tribute.

19 Engulfed in Beauty

Pediatric medicine regularly involves decorating the child’s room.  Children are responsive to cheerful environment; it promotes healing.  Admitted or ignored, the same applies to adults.  Dr. King brought us hope by teaching us to see the beauty of the promised land around us. Did Dr. King dispense decorations?  Problems worsen if they are decorated over.  No, he was not a soothsayer promising panacea.  His hope-filled message was dynamic and arduous.  To see the promised land around us, we had to create it within ourselves.  We were able to do it. Recall the story of the teacher who offered students roses.  …

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