What makes a lovely life?
A decorator may lead you to believe that a lovely life is created from the things that put in your house, or the paint color that you choose. Television commercials and magazine ads remind you that you can live a lovely life if you buy the right things.
Luckily, you are reading this today to remember that a lovely life is not defined by what you put on your counter-top, or even what you don’t, but by what you create and by recognizing the true beauty. You make beautiful things that define your life.
Of course, you already know that beautiful things aren’t usually things at all.
Beautiful things include …
- Sun salutations
- Big ideas
- Long meals
- Leisurely walks
- New recipes
- Light-bulb moments
- Celebrating a friend’s new project
- Music that moves you
Your list of beauty and lovely might be different, but taking time to recognize it is so important. The easiest way to do that is to make time and space to notice the lovely in your life. When you recognize what you love, you can create more of it and learn to fully immerse yourself in beauty each day.
How to create time and space
- get rid of the unlovely things in your life
- schedule fewer appointments
- be open to change
- check email less frequently
- ask for help
When you start to focus on real beauty instead of superficial distractions, you will begin to live a more meaningful life. Remember to pay attention to the moments in the middle, and be aware of how your beauty and contributions impact others, and change the world.
A story of a lovely life
Wilson Bentley lived a lovely life, even though most people didn’t know about it until years after his death.
“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” – Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley 1925
Bentley, better known as The Snowflake Man photographed more than 5000 snowflakes. He combined a camera and a microscope, and being very careful not to melt the snowflake with his breath, captured it on film. He became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885. He found the beauty in something as simple and available as a snowflake and made it his life’s passion. Because of him, we know that no two snowflakes are alike.
When you wake up to what is real and lovely about your life, powerful things start to happen. Your loveliness inspires others to live a more lovely life. In fact, there are lovely things happening in your life that other’s don’t even know about, even though they are going on in their lives too. Sometimes, because we are so busy and distracted, we overlook the simplest, most beautiful things.