I believe in beauty. I believe we hunger for beauty and its effects on our hearts, minds, and souls. Any and every moment that we are touched by beauty we are refreshed, enlivened, and made whole. Whether we find beauty in nature, art, music, dance, literature, or architecture, beauty leaves us inspired, soothed and more able to be that person we want to be in the world.
Beauty is a taste of the Divine, and a reminder of why life is so worth living. I have known many magical moments when great beauty was present, like when breathing crystalline Rocky Mountain air, seeing ridge after ridge appear as I climbed, or seeing a series of dance movements that so perfectly captured and revealed the very soul of our humanity. Those are the big moments of beauty, but beauty is there to be seen anywhere, any time. Reflection of lights on wet pavement, the delight of a child chasing a butterfly, or the character lines in an old man’s face are but a few beautiful moments. It takes but a second to let beauty in and be touched by it.
When we let beauty touch us, we feed that which is good in us and allow it to grow. I believe that we must let beauty move us, fill us, close the gap between the intellect and the soul, and allow us to remember who we are. I believe we must indulge in that which is beautiful. Admire the perfection of a half opened rose on our desk, sink into a great performance, or simply take a walk in the park. Create something beautiful. Give something beautiful. Share something beautiful. The return is far greater than the effort.
This I believe…