The Beautiful Work

 In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

On this last day of spring, the promise of summer is found on the sun dappled sidewalks, in the scent of tanning lotion wafting through the air and in the excited voices of a group of kids playing baseball, the long lazy days of summer so close they are positively vibrating with anticipation.

It’s time to shed some layers, live more lightly upon the Earth and throw ourselves ardently into some beautiful work – perhaps to send those handwritten letters we meant to write as our friend Jacqueline is doing, to pick up that unread book and take it to a park or down by the sea, to declutter our corners once again and simply be.

The winter teas of chai and ginger have been put away (the hot chocolate stays put for those summer storms that surge in after a glorious sunset!) making room for the herbal teas that will find their way into the mason jar as ice tea, the scent of hibiscus, pomegranate and raspberry enveloping the senses. These warmer days have already enticed me outside – a trio of weathered picnic tables located just down our street nestled under several towering leafy trees have already hosted a picnic or two. To sit on a bench with our legs stretched out munching on a nourish bowl of salad (lovingly made up of shredded purple cabbage, dark red beets, green onions and radishes from the Farmer’s Market, a variety of beans, and black olives for Terry) is divine. We get to breathe in fresh air, watch the tiny brown Douglas pine squirrels forage for food and people watch (so many clutching maps as they explore the outstanding natural beauty of this park).

I first heard the phrase, “beautiful work” at my weekly yoga class and it struck me as a profound way of being – how after an hour devoid of to-do’s, worries and forever ringing phones enables us to step back into our busy worlds to perform the beautiful work that colour our days whether that finds us looking after family or friends, hoofing it to our jobs or moving amongst the world. This sacred time in union with others wipes our slates clean, fills those empty cups to the brim with quiet happiness, restoring our energy so we can rejoin the fray, painting the day in whatever colours we choose, allowing the flowing ribbon of beautiful work to unfold where it may.

The peaceful Nitobe Memorial Garden (a Shinto-style stroll garden) located on two acres of native BC forest at the University of British Columbia. We spent a lovely afternoon here recently and hope to again soon!

Walking through the Nitobe Memorial Garden (UBC) yielded so many tranquil spots, I could not believe how beautifully green it was!

I can never pass by a door or gate, I find them so intriguing – this beautiful bamboo gate caught my eye near the end of our stroll at the Nitobe Memorial Garden (UBC)!

The beauty of this sculptural tree amongst the mosses spoke to me – “A Japanese garden is not only a place of beauty, but a place where the soul can find nourishment.”, this is a quote taken from the handout for the Nitobe Memorial Garden (UBC).



About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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25 Responses to The Beautiful Work

  1. Quirky Girl says:

    Summer is a beautiful season, indeed. Sounds like you’re already enjoying it so far. 🙂

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  2. michnavs says:

    Nature in its perfection;
    And you writing about it is once and again as always brilliant..

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  3. markmkane says:

    Those pictures of the Nitobe Memorial Garden are so beautiful and tranquil. Your words about summer is simply stunning; it makes me want to call in sick all of next week just to see how I’ll experience summer through my eyes. Kimberlee, your strong descriptive words about the seasons you experience has made me view nature in a whole new light and opened my eyes to all of the little things that I tend to glaze over. Thanks for sharing this!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, it warms my heart to read that you want to go out in your world and experience it in a new way – your words always make the “beautiful work” of crafting a post so worthwhile!


  4. Ugetse says:

    Oh Kim, you are doing a “beautiful work” writing this blog, respecting nature, taking care of your mom and dad. Every minute of your day is preciously painted. Continue to colour your days with inspiration, passion and love. Enjoy your summer. UBC ‘s photos are great. I have not been there for so long. Must go soon. Big hug❤️😘

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    • Thank you for this, dear neighbour! I hope to go out in the world each day to do some “beautiful work” or take in the beautiful work of others as I walk through a garden, listen to some exquisite music at the Jazz Festival or enjoy a gelato by the sea.


  5. Shirley Ross says:

    Truly a great opening to Summer, Iced tea, the song of baby birds, ocean breezes, hope to join you soon.

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  6. Such a lovely post. I love the shinty style garden. Happy summer. 😎

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  7. Jacquie. says:

    Hi Kim, a bit late but yes, I am doing quite well with writing hand letters so far about 4 last month and one on the go now. Many people like to receive hand written letters so I hope it makes people think of doing it again. Your blog is very good and interesting, you are a writer to read and enjoy. Love Jacquie.

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  8. Summer at its best. Loving your summer updates, Kim and your words make me see the beauty of them all and it only gets easy with the beautiful pictures that accompany your posts. I specially took note of your salad, which seems delicious and refreshing.
    Enjoy this summer, Kim and keep us updated, I absolutely enjoyed reading them.

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  9. Wow what beautiful photos! And I love your focus on beautiful work. My spiritual mentor says, leave a place better than you found it. And that works amazing for me!!

    Thanks for the inspiration. 💜 Much love and blessings, Debbie

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