After a long day at work, I took a few minutes to peruse the local mall in search of a red shirt for a dance performance I will be a part of in about two and a half weeks. (Yes, I do enjoy social partner dancing, usually West Coast Swing or Blues. This performance will be a choreographed routine of with six couples; one minute and forty seconds of Nightclub 2-step and West Coast Swing, each). Much to my surprise, my search was for naught. I was positive I would find a plethora of red attire this close to the December holidays, but apparently, apparel stores are on a much more conservative schedule to release holiday product than our local grocers. Or, perhaps red and green are “out” this year, and the light peachy-orange color I’m seeing everywhere is the new red…?
Despite my failed attempt during my costume search, I did discover much beauty in the quiet evening at the mall. There may not have been holiday red, but the lack of festive color fled from my mind when I was blown away by shine, sparkle, and some holiday “snow” bubbles…
Enormous decorations hung from the ceiling:
Even the transit stop looked glorious in the lamp-light. Maybe it was the reprieve from the rain, but I was seeing beauty everywhere tonight. And I am so grateful.
If you’re like me, you probably have your phone out much of the time you are on your commute – checking Facebook, email, making phone calls… Do yourself a favor, and look up. Take some time to really see what is around you, find some joy in what you witness, and share that experience with others, so they can take time to do the same.