This morning I decided to take a walk earlier than usual and came home to find beauty in my pruned rosebushes. This time of year I normally look at at their stubby appearance with sadness. Today I took a closer look and found beauty in the drops of water on the leaves.
I am sure I have mentioned this book far more than one should over the course of a few weeks. But, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way is teaching me to see beauty where it is, not just where it should be. My rosebushes are still beautiful even without colorful blossoms. Their vibrant green and red leaves are a perfect blend of Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. The tiny beads of water magnify and reflect beauty while providing a cool drink for bees and birds. Beauty is everywhere, if you look for it, even in the pruned stalks of a winter rosebush.
Have you noticed beauty around you lately? The lyrics of a song long forgotten? The smile of a loved one? The words from a favorite book? As John Kenneth Galbraith writes: "There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting." In your pursuit of beauty, what have found interesting?