Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence


My cluttered mind found nothing good about my upcoming day—a day I expected to simply plod along, with some stressful events, and some that just were not interesting. I hate that feeling. I needed to ignite my mind, and my heart.

So, I took a walk: specifically to notice and appreciate everything of beauty and of excellence that I could find. I studied a flower, watched the clouds race in slow motion, listened to children’s laughter as they rode bikes to school. I tried to count the many different greens of a plant and blues in the sky. I felt the texture of a golden leaf in my hand. I heard a symphony of bird sounds without seeing a single bird (hidden in the brush).

In my mind, I’d let little stuff become a burden. But opening my eyes walking outside also opened the eyes of my heart … God created, with such complexity, what seems like such simple things. He paid attention to detail, and he created with excellence.

You can be awed in nature, on a walk, but also in music, art, mathematics, science, and everyday experiences. There are dozens (or more) ways to give yourself a lift through appreciation of beauty and excellence. Here is a “starter” seven:

  1.  Go outside and stand still in a beautiful environment for 20 minutes.
  2.  Make your surroundings aesthetically beautiful.
  3.  Listen a piece of music, watch a film, or study a painting, statue or other art. Marvel at the talent that went into producing it. Think about how it touches you aesthetically.
  4.  Appreciate a beautiful piece of architecture, dress, sculpture, pottery, poetry, prose, etc.
  5.  Explore expressions of beauty in different cultures.
  6.  Hang a bird feeder and observe the birds.
  7.  Explore beauty in the face of a child.

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Scott is an author, blogger and coach--in all things he's an encourager. A Stephen Minister with a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, Scott seeks to help others find more joy in life through brain, body, financial, community, and spiritual development. Our goal is to help reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and loss of focus. I want to empower and energize people seeking freedom from boredom, low motivation, low self-esteem, unnecessary anxiety or the shroud of sadness. Together, let’s maximize the joyful opportunities in life, and reach our potential.

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