Collateral Beauty

She was running in the forest searching for some way out of it. She did not how she had reached there. When her eyes were opened, she found herself lying on the grass of the forest, far away from her home. The first thing she felt was solitude and the very next feeling was fear. She stood up and started walking barefooted.


“What if I couldn’t find my way? What if I fall prey to some predator? What would I do for my survival if I cannot reach my home soon? What would I do if the night approached here?” One after the other various thoughts kept on coming in her mind. “Life has always been cruel to me. It has always shown its ugly face to me.” She thought hopelessly. The thoughts made her more anxious. She started running, keeping her eyes in the surroundings to keep her safe from the anticipated attack of some predators. While running she felt irritated by the mud that was coming in her way now and then.preview not available


It had been hours since she was running from one corner to the other. She realized the forest wasn’t too big but it was packed with mountains. There was no route to the outer world. The hunger and the thirst slowed her down.


Realizing the fact that she wasn’t able to get out of the place, she sat down to settle her breath. Then she started looking around in search of water and food. There was a small brook nearby. She went there and drank water from it. Along the side of the brook, she saw mushrooms. She ate them. They were unusually delicious. 


Sitting near the brook she looked at the surrounding calmly. The copper colour of rocks and stones fascinated her a lot.


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“Now, this place is my home until I find some way to get out of here. I need to calm down for absorbing this fact.” Thinking this she closed her eyes and took a deep breath. She heard the sound of a waterfall that added magic to her meditation. After a while, she stood up and went towards the place from where the sound was coming.


She looked towards the waterfall. The crystal clear water was coming from the top of some amazing colored mountains.


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“I had been to this site several times while I was running but I never noticed the beauty of this scene and the soothing sound of the waterfall.” She closed her eyes to feel this all deeper into her soul. 


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This time she also noticed the melodious voices of birds and the soft music of the breeze. She felt lighter and relaxed.


She started walking, observing the beauty of this place. The amazing colors and designs of trees amazed her the same way as did the mountains. “I have never found such a peace and beauty together,” she admitted.


Her feet touched the mud again. It shifted her attention towards the ground. There was something to amaze her. Lotuses of various colors were floating over the mud.


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“Wow! What a beauty!” she exclaimed. She took one of them and brought it closer to her nostrils. The scent of the flower soothed her deeper inside.


The sun was about to set. She looked towards the sky. It was equally beautiful. The sun rays were making the lining of clouds shining with gold.


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As soon as the darkness of night approached, there appeared several spots of light. 


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“Fireflies!” she said. “How would I be able to see this beauty if I didn’t stay here till the night?”preview not available


She wasn’t anxious anymore but was happy to be there. She lied down on the ground, facing the sky. There was another thing waiting for her attention. As she looked towards the sky, she admitted she had never seen such a beautiful sky. She felt like she was in a paradise. The sky was filled with numerous twinkling stars.


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“Can we see this many stars with naked eyes in our cities?” she asked herself. “No, the light pollution never allows us to see this. The beauty can be witnessed only in profound darkness.”


Taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes. Before reaching the valley of sleep, she heard the whisper of the breeze.


Just be sure to notice the collateral beauty. It's the profound connection to everything. 


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When she woke up she was on her bed. Her pillow was wet with her tears. It took her some moments to get her consciousness back. She reminded she kept on weeping the whole night because of mishaps of her life.


It was the sleep that took her to visit the forest and let her understand that she needed to shift her focus towards the collateral beauty in her unfortunate circumstances of life.


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20

Suny Ag
20 Apr

Lovely, you have explained the meaning of Collateral beauty so well that will help me understand the topic better. I love the way you have explained the theme very well.

16

Amber Kashif
20 Apr

Mmmm. It means you aren't done with your post yet?

20

Suny Ag
21 Apr

I did it within 1 hour of Tiger Lily's post but waiting for her post. I will post in the next 2-3 hours. My theme is entirely different from yours.

16

Amber Kashif
21 Apr

Hehe. That's another collateral beauty. Difference of opinion and views! I would love to read yours.

 I haven't been very active these days so i couldn't find out who else has posted

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Suny Ag
21 Apr

There is a long list but none has posted so far. Tiger did comment on one comment to keep your posts until the last moment :) The time 4 AM PST, 3 hours or so more. 

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Amber Kashif
21 Apr

Oh! I missed that instruction of ma'am tiger. 

Nothing can happen now.

8

Adams Toskid
21 Apr

I will be glad if you visit my own to ma.

16

Amber Kashif
21 Apr

Kindly bring me the link to my dm @adams. I would love to visit it.

11

Tayyab Ali
20 Apr

The beauty of nature attracts her very much that she forget that she is in the forests.  This is the power of the nature. Collateral beauty can be found anywhere but we have to notice this beauty 

16

Amber Kashif
20 Apr

Yes, there is always some ease and beauty in every difficult situation. We only need to shift our focus.

Thanks for stopping by

11

Gohar Ali
21 Apr

You explain collateral beauty well. You make it easy for other to understand its meaning.

You cant relate it with uptrend but don't feel sad,find collateral beauty in it.you show your imagination,engagement and get upvotes.

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Amber Kashif
21 Apr

So nice of you gohar. It hasn't happened to me first time. Despite all my attetion, I don't really understand why I miss some crucial info.

Hehe. You are right I will try to focus on the collateral beauty in it. 💖

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Capt.Imran Mani.
21 Apr

Greetings.

Beautiful words and beautiful story. Pictures you shared are beautiful too. Keep up the good work. 

stay blessed

8

DR.ISMA RANA
22 Apr

Waoo!! Nice words with Beautiful story..i lov the way u hav explained the theme vEry Well..Collateral beauty can be found anywhere but we have to notice this beauty ..

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