A topic I would casually glance over a year ago.
A topic that had no interest for me.
A topic that has rapidly become my greatest ally on this journey and adventure of life.
Beauty has slowly but surely become my greatest source of inspiration, my fuel against the mundane, the evil, the mediocrity that surrounds and plots to bring us down.
Beauty is the compass, it fills me up with possibilities, leaving me with a bunch of "I can!" vs. "I cannot".
Is it even important in this day and age? Does beauty matter?
Have you fallen off the rails, Daniel?
Perhaps...but for a moment, entertain me.
Where can one find beauty? Where should we seek it?
Real beauty is located beneath the surface of everything in this world. It requires principle #3 'slowing down' in order to grasp it. Watch this video for an example:
Beauty is not reserved for the seven wonders of the world, beauty is everywhere you look.
Without beauty, this is just a plastic bag, with beauty it makes your heart cringe, fills you with inspiration and leaves you speechless.
What a radical difference it is once you look beneath the surface.
I consciously choose to seek beauty because as I go through my journey, even an object like a plastic bag could provide an abundance of inspiration and fuel to keep going.
I made this choice because I understood that just getting by, surviving not thriving and saying 'where did the last 5 years of my life go', was not for me.
What beauty is not
Was Vincent Van Gogh's paintings beautiful before they were worth millions of dollars?
Yes, however they did not have anyone to appreciate it.
Society will bombard us with images of what 'beauty is' but the reality is simple:
Beauty cannot be owned, possessed or captured.
Our intention and duty, is to allow our hearts to open, allow the inspiration of beauty to crawl in.
"Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it." - Confucious.
Beauty hurts, it breaks our hearts and fills us with pain.
Andrew Harvey said it best: "If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders."
My invitation to you, today is to seek beauty.
Seek the moments where beauty makes you cry, fills you with delight and sends shivers down your body.
Every single moment is an opportunity to inject beauty into this world.
Every single human interaction has the potential to be filled with elegance, poise, grace and beauty.
Seek beauty no matter the cost, for it is the fuel for a life worth living.
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