My wife and I recently made a visit to Crater Lake National Park. Although we had been there several times before, (we’re fortunate to live relatively close to this gem) I was once again captivated by the overwhelming beauty of this natural treasure.
A video playing at the park’s Visitor Center described how the natural beauty of Crater Lake that we see today is the result of a very violent volcanic past. A severe eruption of Mt. Mazama left the area looking like a “moonscape”, as described by the park video. However, years of wind and weather have transformed the once barren site to the beautiful lake we see today.
The beauty of the lake is unmistakable. It got me thinking that there are people who are a lot like Crater Lake. Not that they have “off-the-charts” physical beauty, but rather they have beauty that comes from a decision to choose a positive response to a significant “eruption” in their own life experience. For example, they choose to:
- Be victorious versus defeated.
- Focus on what they are grateful for versus what they’ve lost.
- Encourage others facing the same or similar experience.
- Live their life with purpose regardless of past circumstances.
These, and similar choices, to past “eruptions” in life make for a beautiful person.
Seeing physical beauty in nature, like Crater Lake, is easy. However, seeing beauty as a result of people’s difficult life experience is not always as obvious.
As we’re interacting with others, let’s remember that we’re often not aware of what they have experienced in life. And, if you’re ever blessed to have someone share their past “eruption” with you and how they have chosen a positive path forward… stand in awe at the beauty before you.