We all have our own ideas of beauty. What catches your eye may slip right by mine. How do I define beauty? I’m not exactly sure. I know it when I see it, though.
Planners and notebooks in both bright colors and basic black catch my eyes. Throw in a pretty, comfortable writing instrument and I am in my element, floating high on a writer’s cloud. It’s just paper, you might be thinking. Oh no! It’s not just paper! It is the recipient of my thoughts and dreams. It is the listening ear of my troubles and sorrows. It rejoices with me when I share joys of the days or conversations with friends. It is my traveling companion and my confidante on sleepless nights. These notebooks have a heartbeat of their own, in my eyes.
No, I cannot really define my idea of beauty, but I can tell you my friends are beautiful. All of them. Each one in their own special and unique way. Take my friend, Piccadilly the Clown. Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous! But be assured there is much more than what catches the eyes. Her beauty runs deep, shares laughter, instigates smiles, and warms hearts with her love of people and God. She is generous. She shares of herself and expects nothing in return and that, my friends, is beautiful.
Makeup is beautiful. Oh my gosh, the colors are all over the place! Put a pretty lipstick and blush in a bright, shiny makeup bag and I’m ready to step out the door into the light. Some black mascara on the eyelashes frames the soulful eyes of a woman, and can brighten the sad eyes that cried the night before. Strategically placed color on a woman’s face can change her mood from “all hope is gone” to “I can face anything!” A little lipstick on these pale lips can mean the difference from someone telling me I look sick all day, to telling me I look like I feel better. Oh yes, makeup is beautiful.
Have you ever sat down to eat feeling ravenous, looked at your food, and then all of a sudden lost your appetite? I love salads, but if they look a mess with everything just thrown in with no thought, I don’t love them so much. But I LOVE a pretty salad! I love pretty food! With each topping in its own special place on top of that lettuce, it’s a beautiful thing. The mixture of colors, textures, and tastes can make the difference between just eating and really enjoying my food. And let’s face it, we have to eat. We might as well eat for the joy and beauty of it!
Certain colors are sure to catch my eyes. Pinks and purples will snatch their attention every time. I love bright colors in the Spring and Summer. They make me feel happy and full of hope. The days go smoother when there is a joyful color in them. And if that joyful color happens to be on my handbag, I am one joyful woman. A handbag is useful, yes. It can be a workhorse, an accessory, a compliment to a pair of shoes. But add a splash of color to it and it becomes a work of art. Magenta. I waited weeks for this color handbag to arrive. It’s so beautiful I’m almost afraid to pack it with me fearing that something might happen to it, that it will become covered in grease or tomato sauce or stolen by an art thief. But as I said, almost. It will not be nearly as beautiful sitting on a shelf in my closet, or housed in a dust bag. To really enjoy it, it needs to be close by, in my hands where I can touch it, and let it carry that beautiful purple cosmetic bag full of pretty makeup. It all goes together. Beauty builds upon beauty. It all has its’ place.
Of all the beauty in all the world, there’s nothing more beautiful to me than my fur family. Maggie is beauty in my eyes. She is warm, wiggly, sassy, and smart. She lives and breathes beauty around me. She is full of love and spunk and occasional treats. Her ears have been torn and have ragged edges, but that just adds to her character and charm. She snorts and snores and reminds me in the night that I am not alone. She adopted me and saved my life. There is nothing more beautiful in my eyes.
What is beauty in your eyes? Take time today to look around you. There is beauty in the everyday. There is beauty in our chores and in our play times. God has created beauty all around us, if we will only take a few moments to see it.