If one will stop and take notice, there can be tremendous power found in beauty — in particular, natural beauty. As I stood upon the Fayetteville Station Bridge that crosses over the New River Gorge National River, I couldn’t help but to feel quite small in comparison to the steep mountains on either side of me, the rushing of the river below me, and the small slice of sky that was wedged between the mountains above me. At the same time, I felt empowered by this beauty. I was excited, energized, and felt a random surge of confidence. Down the river, the view was (this) view.
As I began to head back to my truck, I began reading the various bits of graffiti left by so many visitors before me written on the lower steel portions of the bridge. Lot’s of “who loves who” and “I was here on such and such date” type things. Thankfully nothing vulgar or obscene — maybe the surroundings impacted others enough to prevent them from writing such things, who knows. But one bit of writing stood out to me — it in itself was powerful beauty to me. It was a personal prophecy scribbled rather emphatically on the steel that read “I’ll Be Back Cancer Free!”