Creating Beauty Restores the Soul
and Week 14 of 40 Weeks of Inspiration
National Ranching Heritage Center - Lubbock, TX
I came across the following beautiful quote this morning:
“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.” –Alice Walker
When I read this it resonated with me, hitting the core of my being. I feel pieces of my soul being restored when I’m writing. I feel it when I’m behind the camera and capture an image that I feel proud of (like the one above when I was playing with my phone’s camera night mode). And I’m looking forward to creating more works of art to share.
The beauty you create though goes beyond the physical. I believe each of us has a responsibility to create beauty around us through our actions, our words, and the love we give.
Sharing a smile with a stranger is beautiful; it feeds their soul and yours. Gifting someone with a genuine compliment creates beauty for the giver and receiver. Sitting down and having a conversation with someone who has a different viewpoint and really listening is beauty that our world needs more of. This creates tolerance, understanding and compassion—all beautiful things that restore the soul.
You are always creating—whether a physical object, a conscious decision, connection. The key to restoring your soul is being mindful of creating as much beauty as possible. How are you speaking? What words are you using? Are you listening to understand? Are you being curious? What are your interactions with strangers like? What are your dreams? Your passion projects? Are you sharing your gifts with the world?
Creation is a part of your everyday life, but are you being mindful of creating as much beauty as possible through your actions and interactions? Let us remember that each of us has a responsibility in creating beauty and in doing so, we will restore our own souls and the souls of others. That is not only beautiful, but powerful.
REFLECTION: How will you create beauty around you today?
40 Weeks of Inspiration: Week 14
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