Sunday, August 15, 2010

Something Lovely

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

I spend my days searching for beauty in the everyday: drinking coffee from a favorite mug, an orderly shelf or drawer, pausing by a favorite painting, attempting to capture a beautiful sight or thought, arranging food artfully and beautifully, choosing a pretty shirt, taking a few moments in a bad day to think of something beautiful, something right in front of me, that I had refused to notice in my angst, savoring an exquisite sentence or thought in a book or on a blog, the colors in a beautiful rug; it doesn't matter what the object is, it only matters that I notice it, and appreciate it.

There is so much that is ugly in our world, I can't help but wonder why we all don't want to surround ourselves with something beautiful and lovely, each and every day to, as Goethe says, keep from obliterating the sense of what is beautiful that is in each of us.


Cheryl said...

I hear ya'. I have been working on trying to create little pockets of beauty or pleasure around me--things that are small but that I still appreciate. A few weeks ago I stocked up on some Bath & Body hand soap--not for all the bathrooms, but for the kitchen sink, since I am so often washing my hands there. Makes the washing of the hands a little more enjoyable. :-)

StrongNHim said...

That is nice... I really enjoyed reading that. I agree totally. I think we all should try to create beauty around us, even if it is only with a smile.