Dad to son, “What should I title my post on Beautiful and True”?

“Passion,” he replies.

“Passion? This post is about Ponderosa pine pollen on a Perstemon, how is that passion?” I asked.

“You can learn from me,” the 13-year-old said but not in a cheeky way, “Our passion should sing to the essence of the flower, reminding it of what it should become,” he explained.

Why do I feel like I should agree with that, even though I don’t know what he said, I thought to myself.

“Strong”, my wife chimed in as she was doing the dishes.


“Yes, because it has to put up with all that pollen and still grow.”

“It the flower?”

“Yes, that pretty little blue flower has to put up with all that Ponderosa pine pollen sticking all over it and still be beautiful and grow, that is strong.”

I was thinking the title might be, “Local man with iPhone finds Perstemon in his yard.”

And so, for all six of you Beautiful and True fans (love you, Mom!), we offer a behind the scenes look at the titling process! But not without a point.  And here it is.

When you notice something beautiful there is an opportunity to do more than just say, “Awww, pretty flower…” and move on.  There is an opportunity to reflect for a moment. Consider that beauty. How would you title the moment? What is the one word that summarizes your experience of that beauty?  It’s a good little exercise in your daily habit of noticing something Beautiful or True.

If you haven’t already done so, zoom in on this featured pic and notice the tiny yellow specks on the flower petals. Yes, pollen from the Ponderosa pines around our home, they gush it for about a week every June. Everything gets a yellow dusting, including my sinuses! And even though this particular (ha!), particular as in pollen particle?, (sorry) is too big to cause allergy it does make my eyes water and irritates sinuses. Maybe that gave me empathy for the flower, there is little gentle Perstemon, just minding her own business fifty feet below that giant 200-year-old Ponderosa pine and putting up with gallons of sticky little pollen particles. Life puts up with life, and that’s kind of beautiful.

Notice something Beautiful or True today.