This is day seven of my 30 day challenge of finding, photographing and posting beautiful things. I wanted to stay connected to creative energy...to find beauty and be inspired...to be more aware throughout the typical work week. I think there are a lot of beautiful things in the world but most of the time I don't see them. My intention was for this challenge to be kind of a brain training...find some moment during the day to stop and recognize beauty.
I've been a little bit surprised by how quickly the exercise turned meaningful. Once I started looking around my world to find something beautiful, so much of what I saw became beautiful. Instead of driving from the grocery store or the climbing gym to home to get from point a to point b, or taking a walk in my neighborhood to get that extra mile in, those minutes and miles have become excursions to find beautiful things. The things that I now found beautiful, I had seen a thousand times before, but since I'm now looking for beauty, I'm seeing just that. The historic church with red doors and stained glass. The almost full moon. The not-yet-leafed-out tree against a dusky sky. Two train cars moving quickly down the trestle at Shelby Park. A just opened iris against a turquoise wall. A bonsai tree. These were my picks for the first six days.
I look forward, even in these few days of practice, to taking time to find something beautiful and take a picture of it. Maybe by the end of 30 days I'll be so good at it that it won't have to be so deliberate, but for now I'm happy to be deliberate about it...it's a beautiful thing.
Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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