Day 220: Something Beautiful—What We Leave Behind

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

Reviewing the pictures from Alaska, I’d been saving one that brought me incredible joy. The first day at Beluga Point, someone was carving a word in the sand. Her name. I stood watching from the rocky overlook and immediately thought about what we leave behind. The woman’s name would be seen by others who might wonder who she was, where she came from, why she happened to be here now. Many would not give it a second thought. I carved the Italian word for “beauty” — “bella” in the sand. And took incredible delight in climbing the rock and seeing it there. If I were the one to come after, seeing it would stir many other questions. Better yet,  I would feel connected with another person who experienced the same swell of emotion standing and looking at the beautiful mountains and waters.

When I returned the next day, the tide had taken “bella” to the sea. I wondered who read it before. I wondered what they thought. I wondered if it brought them joy as it had me.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 220: Something Beautiful—What We Leave Behind

  1. Ellen says:

    I have a quote that I’ve been saving for you, from Margaret Wheatley. “Stasis, balance, equilibrium – these are temporary states. What endures is process – dynamic, adaptive, creative.” Any wonder I thought of you? Love, El

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