“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”. – Confucius
What is beauty? Is it something you see, you feel or you touch? Is it a landscape, a work of art, the sing-song of the morning birds, a violin concerto or the precious face of a newborn child?
Beauty is everywhere. It is something we see, we feel, we touch, we smell, we taste and we hear. Although beauty is defined differently by each and every one of us, there is some universality of beauty and we desire it for beauty brings us joy, inspiration and hope. It can even be argued that beauty is essential for human survival.
Listening to an inspiring TED talk on “What is Beauty” made me really think about this profound question. Why is it that we crave beauty? What does beauty mean to each person and how does it differ? And, most of all, what does beauty mean to me?
Simple. Beauty brings us pleasure and happiness. It makes us smile and feel good. Even when we are faced with rough waters, beauty has a way of surprising us and bringing us out of darkness and into the light.
To me, beauty is nature.
Beauty is a sunset painting the sky
Beauty is a heartwarming smile
Beauty is life
I often wonder about why we find certain things beautiful when others do not. Is it the story behind an experience or an object that makes it more beautiful to the eyes of the beholder?
For instance, I find these photographs beautiful.
Peering in through the door at the girls meditating at Protsahan, a non-profit organization in India that helps girls suffering from abuse and poverty heal through the arts.
Photographing these children in an unauthorized slum in Delhi, India.
The view from my bedroom window that is covered in a million diamonds of frost during an extremely cold winter day.
The unexpected surprise at finding rose petals in the snow.
The feeling of warmth and love I receive when watching my children.
What does beauty mean to you? And more importantly, how does it make you feel?
This post was inspired by TED Radio Hour talk “What is Beauty”. To listen to the podcast, click here.