We park the van at a lot where there is good security, ample space and friendly people. The atmosphere is lacking in that it is gravelled over, miscellaneous objects are strewn about and it is a very utilitarian place--more industrial than esthetically pleasing. However we dutifully put the van to bed at night and find that our spot is a good one.
The other day as I drove up to the spot around 7:00 pm in the evening after a long trip on the road I came upon this beautiful sight-daisies growing up out of the concrete. And, this picture served as a metaphor for me. Even though all around may appear dull or depressing, there is beauty in our midst; hope in the cracks; surprises when least expected.
I think as the economy continues to struggle, folks continue to lose jobs, people feel the pang of hunger and worry the picture can be bleak and depressing. These daisies remind me that we can look for the good around us, appreciate beauty, and be grateful for what we do have while we work to address the hardships we face.