The universe sometimes gives us, unasked, a gift of unanticipated beauty. 2008 began with just such a gift for me.
Wending our way home after bringing in the new year with friends, Husband drove a maximum of 30 mph, due to the heavy snowfall already on the ground, amidst more of the same threatening to continue through the night. Husband is always a good and safe driver. Unexpectedly, so was everyone else on the roads. Perhaps that was the heads up.
I find winter landscapes beautiful at all times. At night, along the road, I love to watch the trees pass by with the snow lining the branches. As I was looking through the side window next to me and keeping quiet so Husband could concentrate on his driving, I noticed that not only could I see the trees lining the road, but I could see beyond the roadside deeper into the landscape. I could see the individual branches at the top of trees. I could see the color of houses, without additional lights. When we passed a cemetery, I could see all the headstones through the depth of the graveyard.
Not even in a full moon on a cloudless night have I seen so much detail. I could read "for sale" signs on vacant lots with no lights for miles around beyond the headlights.
It was eerie, other-worldly, yet definitely this world. "Beauty" is inadequate, but the only word I have. After a while, I stopped wondering how or why, and drank that beauty into my soul. And I gave thanks, I don't know to whom or where. Just thanks sent out into the universe that gave me the gifts. I feel blessed.
May your new year -- and mine -- be filled with blessings.