As you probably know, I use my blog to discuss “beauty” and this is often in relation to the latest cosmetic products or hot trends; we powder, colour, pluck, shave and curl but beauty arrives in many different forms… do we always open our eyes to it?
Beauty can be a physical or spiritual manifestation; a beautiful face, a kind heart, a loving gesture. Beauty can be found in surrounding ourselves with loved ones; creating memories, sharing stories. Beauty can be born from a new life; free, naive. Beauty can be exploited in nature; a serene lake set against a beautiful sunrise, wild flowers welcoming in the Spring. Beauty can be discovered through travelling; capturing moments, sharing experiences. Beauty can be a moment; looking out upon the twinkling stars that fill the night sky and knowing that someone, somewhere is doing the same.
Beauty is everywhere.
This concept struck me a few weeks ago, it was early in the evening and I was just finishing up work, to discover that I was living beneath a pink-hued sky. I stopped to appreciate that, before the moment passed.
Then, as if I hadn’t been living on the planet for 24 years already, I found beauty elsewhere on my journey. This might be a place that I have seen or passed through a hundred times over, yet there I was experiencing it as if it was all new to me.
Teri Hatcher, who I follow on Twitter, carried the same sentiment in one of her tweets that same week:
“Mindfully notice beauty”, that’s what I would like to be the take away from this weeks post. If we could all just open our eyes to our surroundings, rather than (perhaps) taking them for granted, we might just find ourselves surprised by what we notice.
I motivate (that’s the idea, right?) you to carry a camera with you during an average week and try to snap as many moments of “beauty” as you can. Please share them, if you like!
On a separate note, if you haven’t seen the film “Life in a Day” (2011) then I highly recommend it. The film-makers set out on a quest to capture a single day on this planet from people all around the world with the help of YouTube, what transpires is a kaleidoscope of images that will help to reinforce the idea that beauty is everywhere.
You can watch the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaFVr_cJJIY&feature=related