In the early morning, I hear my daughter’s voice and see her smile from halfway around the world.

I return a new friend’s smile and wave even though my day is busy and I will not be able to visit.

Amazing, how instantly this day is made better by sharing a 75% off book sale and a quick lunch with another.

I interact with an older woman who complains with a scowl about waiting for an hour. Finally she smiles as I tell her why the wait is worth it.

Though there is no reason, my doctor takes my hand as he walks me out and I have to hold back the tears because of that gentle touch.

At home, my grumpy response to what’s for dinner results in a compassionate son offering and actually cooking an evening meal.

Though I like him to and he many times forgets, my serviceman husband sends a text from a state away to say he will be home tonight.

I notice that I notice more and more people and their faces, their smiles, their touches, their offers of friendship; they are the real beauty.

Perhaps my perseverance to write this post and continue each day to do the work will mean I will indeed one day create a work of art with words.

Quote: “Every artist was first an amateur.”

Writing Prompt: To be an artist one has to find beauty in ordinary things. Find 10 things of great beauty in the landscape that surrounds you. For example, crumple sheets on your bed in the morning, the smell of coffee making its way around a busy office. (Author: Ana Guardia)