Unexpected Beauty

Living sustainably in Southern California includes learning how to adapt to living in drought-like conditions.  One eco-friendly way to preserve our water resources is to exchange the coveted all-American front lawn, which happens to be a water-guzzling culprit, to landscaping with drought-friendly cactus and succulent plants.  Upon first glance, the idea seems dry (no pun intended), lacking in color and variety.  However, that does not necessarily have to be the case.  Drought-friendly cactus and succulent plants are varied in size, shape, and color.  And as I recently discovered, succulents can also spring forth beautiful blooms!

Isn’t that sometimes the case in life as well? From the outset, difficult circumstances can seem arid, sucking the life right out of us.  Then when you least expect it, color and beauty emerge from a seemingly uninviting place.  Those are the moments most cherished… unexpectedly, refreshingly beautiful.