Slice of Life: Finding Beauty


We live in an age of information overload. There are so many books, blogs, and websites that it’s impossible to read everything. Because of this, I was only vaguely aware of author Lisa Bonchek Adams and her blog that chronicled her battle with metastatic breast cancer. Ms. Adams passed away from this disease last week and the outpouring of grief from her followers has been astonishing. Among the tweets have been quotes from Ms. Adams’s writing. And although I don’t in any way equate the challenge of writing a blog post every day with the challenge of having cancer, I found this bit of wisdom tailor made for those of us half way through this month long writing challenge:

“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.”

Driving home from Rhode Island yesterday, the sky was overcast and gray. Suddenly, an almost perfect rectangle of blue appeared. The clouds seemed to have made a window just to let that bit of beautiful blue sky shine though.

Dave Spicer [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Dave Spicer [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
Given that one theme running through Saturday’s conference was opening doors, I couldn’t help but think it was a sign that the door was open, that I should persevere. Persevere with my writing, which I sometimes question. Persevere with improving relationships that sometimes feel too hard. Persevere with doing what I know is right for my students. There is beauty to be found in pursuing our goals.

Thank you to StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna, and Beth for this space for teachers and others to share their stories each day during the month of March and on Tuesdays throughout the year. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.

6 thoughts on “Slice of Life: Finding Beauty

  1. “If you can’t find it create it.” That is something to enter each day with. Thank you for this post. It winds through so many important ideas, linked beautifully together.


  2. Thanks, Catherine, this is a wonderful slice you’ve written. I haven’t heard of that blog either, but the quote can serve us all well, a gift she left. I have conferences this week, and a goal is to help some of the parents see that their children need a little more grit, and that’s what I thought of when you mentioned the word “persevere”. One just takes the step, and then the next one. Thanks for such a nice post to wrap up my day.


  3. Catherine, I am so pleased to have found your blog as the lead in to today’s slicing. Your words are a quiet tribute to the trait of perseverance that is the underpinning of life’s journey. Positivity is about creating the right moments to hear the whisperings of the universe. Thank you for bringing this to mind today.


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