Beauty

100_1578Visual and mental pleasure to our eyes or minds; excellence, superior quality of image, presentation or performance

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.  Confucius

Beauty comes as much from the mind as from the eye.  Grey Livingston

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

  Beauty is truly found in the eyes of the beholder. There is great truth to this old adage. Any potential for beauty to be seen or experienced is dependent upon the heart, mind and soul of the person doing the observing. Some of us are better prepared to look for, observe, and appreciate beauty. Many are ill-prepared and do not recognize beauty even when it stares them in the face. They did not take the class, Beauty Appreciation 101.

    It can be said our ability to appreciate beauty starts on the inside and works its way outward. If we are Ebenezer Scrooge at heart, expecting the worst, pessimistic, negative and best described as a “sour puss”; it is unlikely we will see or experience very much beauty. Life has a nature of trying very hard to give us what we expect. If we expect to see the bad and ugly, it is likely we will see bad and ugly. If we have an air of expectation for beautiful things to be seen and observed, it is likely we will find, see and experience our share of beauty.

    There is another adage that encourages us to “Stop and smell the roses”. If we are not taking the time or making the effort to look for and to experience these good things; the beautiful, worthwhile, fun, joyful and the rewarding; chances are we will pass them by an miss out on them. They were there for our enjoyment, but we failed to be attentive and observant enough to see them. We were in too big a hurry and were looking elsewhere. If we do not see the sunsets, sunrises, beautiful flowers, changing of the seasons, beautiful butterflies, the joy of children, the “Aha moments”, and so much more, we are to be pitied.

    Some things should not be rushed. They are to be savored and enjoyed. Time should stop as we enjoy special moments of beauty, whatever it is and whenever it happens to present itself.  We are blessed if we are observant and sensitive enough to see, taste or smell; or however it is we happen to experience and enjoy whatever is beautiful. The ability to see beauty is essential to getting the most from this life. We may see beauty in different and various ways. It matters not; the important thing is we do manage to see it. 

Challenge: Patience, wisdom and peace of mind are some of the qualities and traits that enhance your ability to see and enjoy beauty. Having a sense of well-being and healthy self-esteem are also part of the building blocks that enable you to take more time to “smell the roses”. There is also the sense of focus, discipline and motivation that are necessary to be emancipated enough and mentally healthy enough to see and enjoy the beauty of life.

Wisdom: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. Emerson 

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust. Psalm 40:4

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

The source of all beauty comes directly from God. In the beginning, before the fall, the world was beautiful in ways we cannot imagine. The ugly and unbeautiful in this world exists because of sin and corruption. When we have God’s Holy Spirit inside us we are enabled to see beauty in an enhanced way. In the next life we will be able to see beauty in the way it was originally intended to be. God’s will recreate his beautiful creation.

Prayer: Help me to be able to see the beauty that exists in this world.                                        

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