Today as I look at my snow-covered world I ponder on the beauty. And what occurs to me is that everything, the all-oneness of the universe, is in a single snowflake. I am mesmerized that the Creator of the universe, the Creator who brought you and me into existence, so loves uniqueness that he even creates every snowflake to stand as a perfect, totally new object of beauty. I stand in awe …
I don’t know about your corner of the world, but the last few days here in Cincinnati has seen an explosion of color in the sunrises and sunsets. The science of it I’m sure is fascinating, but I see the glorious colors of God’s palette. The Master’s hand is of course, perfect!
What is it about blazing fuchsias, kissed by buttery golds and royal purples that makes hope and optimism spring forth so boldly in my soul? In those precious few moments of the day when the grey shadows recede and the blackness of night backs away I feel like there is nothing wrong in the world. There is only beauty. There is only a light show that is created simply to kiss us good morning or wish us a sweet dream at night.
I feel blessed to see the artwork of nature and know that this moment, this masterpiece will never appear in this same way ever again. It is much like the masterpiece that you are. In an existence of many sunrises and many sunsets, or many men and many women, there is only one unique and glorious you.
Today, I celebrate the fleeting beauty of nature, and I celebrate you! Be blessed!
I am a collector of sorts. No, not the expensive art or priceless jewels, although I appreciate those things as well. What I collect is simply described as …. beauty.
I see the beauty in the smiles and laughter of my loved ones so I collect joy.
I see beauty in the intelligence of teachers and mentors so I collect thoughts.
I see beauty in the hearts of those who forgive so I collect compassion.
I see beauty in the product of artists and crafters so I collect talent.
I see beauty in nature and the created world so I collect inspiration.
I see beauty in the hands of volunteers and those that serve so I collect mercy.
I see beauty in the acceptance of friends and loved ones so I collect appreciation.
I see beauty in the passion of those who create change so I collect motivation.
I see beauty in you so I collect friendship.
These are just a few of the things that I see and collect every day. I am enriched by the beauty in this world. Life is infinitely more precious because of the beauty that surrounds me.
Find your beauty and be blessed!
I used think that it was the male-driven, visual attraction element of society that was driving the creation of the “ideal beautiful woman.” But I’m paying more and more attention lately. Based on observation, I’ve seen so many men who are with women of all sizes and all levels of commercial beauty. In each case, they seem to be quite happy and in love with their women. They seem mature enough and realistic enough to see the beauty on the inside and the outside of the women they love.
And maybe it’s me watching so many Law & Order and other crime-based shows that is suddenly making me look at things differently. The classic investigation says … follow the money. And while society is shaping what we see on TV, magazines, and movies. It’s actually corporations that are benefiting, not the average man looking for love. Do we really need 900 colors of lipstick, 5″ heels in every color, or more and more pieces of exercise equipment or hair removal devices? We sometimes think we do. But is it because our men, or our friends tell us we do? Or is it because companies need to have the next iteration of profit stream.
And interestingly, what I’ve learned from my fashion student daughter is that the fashion industry doesn’t actually want models who are stick figures of women because they are more “beautiful”. But rather, it’s easier to make clothes for a straight up-and-down figure of the ultra thin boyish-figured woman than to make the clothes that fit a curvy figure. It takes less material. It takes less time and less complexity of patterning and piecing. So runway clothes are designed based on the easiest manufacturing and not the attractiveness at all.
The industry that I thought was driving the ideal beauty description really isn’t about beauty at all. It is about money – saving it and making it. With that in mind, it is much easier to look at beauty in the eyes of reality, and all other motivation is good old-fashioned profit. Maybe I’m slow in realizing this. I’ve always thought it was just the desires of men.
I love new insights. Especially when they allow me to see the reality of my own worth, and that of those around me.
Be you … be beautiful … and be blessed!