How we see beauty is all about perception
This past weekend the snow came back to New England. When that time of years happens here, it’s like a flood gate opening. “Winter is coming” is a reality in snow country and people know what that brings. Stocking up on water, flashlights, and pretzels. In the throes of the winter, we long for blooming flowers and the beauty of spring.
There is also a big debate here on what season we like the most. Some enjoy the summer, others the winter. There are the colors of fall and the new growth of spring. We are lucky to have these options. Most of us see the beauty in the little things the seasons give to us. The beauty of the first snow fall, of the leaves changing, of warm nights by the lake, and of the blooming trees (despite allergies!)
The definition of beauty
Defined by Merriam-Webster, beauty is:
- the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness
- a beautiful person or thing; especially : a beautiful woman
- a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
I don’t know about you, but when talking about something, I need the definition to set up what exactly we are talking about. It gives a concept a name, a definition, something to grasp. Now that this is out of the way, how our society sees beauty depends on where we live. In America, our standards seem to be altered by what Hollywood and the media deem beautiful.
What does God have to say about beauty?
1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Similar, but different. Do you see it? If you don’t try reading it again. I can wait 🙂
In my journey of getting my health and life back in order, I had to see beauty in myself and in the world around me. Funny thing when you have blinders on to these types of beauty that your world starts to crumble. Once I could look myself in the mirror and say that I am a daughter of God, made in God’s image to be loved and to find love did my entire perception of life reveal itself.
Now, am I saying that I wake up fabulous every morning?
Well, of course I do! However, I need some help to get things going in the right direction. I need to eat right, brush my teeth and hair, stretch, and wear clothing that suits my day. Doing these routines allows me the freedom to live a fabulous life!
How I show myself love and respect for my health and well-being affects those around me too. Like in my post about my New Year’s Resolution, what we do has repercussions to those around us. Break free from the chains of this world’s standards of beauty to truly live in the divine beauty.
Often when I am walking outside, I love taking photos of the world around me. These little moments that I come across and say thank you for this. Once I began to see these moments of beauty around me, my heart could heal. Best thing is passing this on to you so you can begin your journey in your own beauty.