Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beauty is Everywhere

One amazing lesson from this journey I am on through Europe and life - Beauty is everywhere around us, we only have to see it. We only have to stop and notice. In our hurried, everyday lives do we do that?

I didn't, until I completely uprooted myself and my family and moved across the ocean temporarily.
I didn't, until I started carrying a camera everywhere and noticing more about the world around me in a different way.
I didn't, until I started sharing what I found with others and recognizing the amazing joy that sharing beauty can bring.

All of these things have made me "see" in a different way. Helped me see beauty everywhere, in so many ways.

Is something beautiful if no one notices it? Our American (English?) saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" has been used to mean that beauty is completely personal. But does it also mean that it requires a person, a beholder, to see it and name it beautiful?

If so, we have a big job! We have so many things around us to find beautiful. I encourage you to make something beautiful today, just by seeing it. Notice what is around you. You don't need the move to the foreign place to change your viewpoint like I did, learn from me.

(Image is a stair railing of a townhouse in Amsterdam.)


  1. Beautiful elements - A lovely depiction!

  2. Very insightful, I had a little aha moment with the part about "I encourage you to make something beautiful today, just by seeing it."


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