The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.  If you are attentive, you will see it.

~ Thich Naht Hanh

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram (see links at the foot of this page if you are interested!) will know that I am slightly obsessed about posting photographs of the beautiful sunsets with which we are blessed here in Scotland.  Hub and I are lucky enough to live in an apartment with a fabulous view – it is an excellent vantage point for weather-watching.

Last night, I shared this photo – a stunning example of the evening skies to which we are treated:


A moment later, the sky looked like this:


This illustrates perfectly how fleeting life can be, and how important it therefore is to make the most of every moment as it arises.

I think it also shows how beauty can be found in anything; we just need to look for it.  The first photo is very eye-catching because of the glorious cloud-colours.  In comparison, the second photo might seem rather brooding initially.  But take a second look – it is full of drama, showcasing those amazing, wispy-yet-sweeping cirrus formations.  Stunning! 🙂

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

~ Henry Miller