“But most beautiful are the woods with their line of birch trees. Their colour changes with every minute. Now the stems gleam purest white, and between them airy and silken, hangs the pastel-green of the leaves; the next moment all changes to an opalescent blue, as the shivering breezes pass down from the heights and touch the green lightly away; and again in one place it deepens almost to black as a cloud passes over the sun.”
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
In All Quiet on the Western Front Paul sees beauty in everyday things like the changing colors of trees even when he is surrounded by annihilation and death. This particular scene is after he is given a 17 day leave and must return to training camp. While reading the book, I couldn’t help but notice that there were places throughout where the beauty of nature was being described and I could really see the scene in my head. It made me think that even though Paul is surrounded by death and people dying and mindless killing machines which ensured the mass production of death, Paul was still able to see the light side of things and notice the beauty of nature. This is a key component to being happy because happy people may not be in the best situation, but they can still find reasons to be happy and grateful, even if it’s as simple as having a good breakfast or wearing the shirt that you like. There is beauty in ugly and there is ugly in beauty, but it’ s up to you to decide what you want to see.
Don’t forget to smile and see the beauty in everything! 🙂