LeAnne Martin
Beauty and the Beholder

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Beauty Appreciation

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“This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. Beauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration!” Pope John Paul II, “Letter to Artists,” Easter Sunday, 1999.

I’m a beauty advocate. A beauty appreciator. Beauty brings joy to my heart and I know I’m not alone. The sad thing is, even though we are surrounded by beauty, we’re so busy talking on our cell phones or hurrying to the next appointment that we rush right by it. Beauty requires us to stop and look—or listen. When we do, we are refreshed, energized, maybe even encouraged to talk a little less and slow down a little more.

Where is the beauty in your life? Look around you—at home, at work, on your commute—and take note of beauty in your environment.

What type of beauty moves you the most? Here are a few:
• Visual: creation, art, design
• Auditory: music, birdsong, laughter
• Written: poetry, literature, essays, scripture

What are some ways you can remind yourself to take note of the beauty around you?

How can you bring more of this type of beauty into your life?

This week, give yourself beauty breaks, even if only for a few minutes. Think through these questions. I know you’ll come up with some ideas. Leave a comment and let me know. Next week, I’ll give you a few more ways to appreciate the beauty in your life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LeAnne, you are so right. Beauty is everywhere and in our busyness, we need to take time to see and enjoy it. Thanks for reminding me of that!

Chef Rosemary


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