“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ~ Marcus Aurelius …
Life is full of beauty–beauty that has no costs, beauty that has no conditions. Of course, our perception of this beauty is ours to decide each moment of our lives. I used to recognize and appreciate beauty in the world much less often than I do now. Because I often acted out of necessity, I generally tempered that appreciation with thoughts of other things that were much less positive.
A life in which I am constantly aware of the beauty that surrounds me, a life in which I am able to immerse myself in that beauty as often as possible, is a life full of riches. There will of course be occasions in which I do not have the time or ability to focus on the beauty around me, and this is ok, as long as the other times I am aware that I have a choice as to how I approach life’s beauty and wonder.
One of the keys to avoiding complacency with the beauty of life is having gratitude. Life is precious–our time here is precious–and gratitude allows us to respect the wonders and marvels of life each day.
“Dwell on the beauty of life.” Marvel at it. Each day we have the option to see life through foggy glasses that filter out the colors and the light of the world, or we can choose to take them off and see all the beauty and wonder that surrounds us.
Take a moment to look around and recognize the beauty that surrounds you right now.
Questions to consider:
How do you see the world around you?
How can we share with others all of this beauty and wonder?
Is there something you can do to actively shift your perspective to allow more of the beauty and wonder into your life?
For further thought:
“Looking for and enjoying beauty is another way to nourish the soul. The universe is in the habit of making beauty. There are flowers and songs, snowflakes and smiles, acts of great courage, laughter between friends, a job well done, the smell of fresh-baked bread. Beauty is everywhere, ready to nourish the soul. It must only be seen to begin helping us.” ~ Matthew Fox