” The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings.” ~ Plato
Good morning, dear friends.
I hope this finds you well and happily welcoming June.
We have once again endured some dreadful times and what do we do to soothe our souls during these times? Many of us pray. We may seek love and peace from friends and family, or we may read cherished and uplifting words. Or, perhaps, we may do them all ~ I do.
I will not try to analyze these challenging times, as I clearly do not have answers. However, I do know what inspires me to move forward and gives me the strength to face another day. And, that is what I will share ~ the power of divine beauty.
“This magnetic pull toward beauty is an inclination most of us carry but too few of us acknowledge. Even if we are aware of it, we seldom honor it as something planted in us for a purpose.” ~ Christie Purifoy
The love of beauty has been with me for as long as I can remember. This love is not limited to the beauty of the garden, flowers, trees, rivers, and oceans. Or, enthralling words spun together so magically they almost sing. My love has traveled to exquisite paper-thin china, handmade creations that have warmed homes and hearts for generations, art that can bring me to tears, and the exceptional stories often attached to such beauty. Stories that may span lifetimes, light-dark rooms, and drive away sadness. Stories that will also fill, anyone who happens to listen, with exuberant laughter. Thinking of happy stories during heartbreaking situations is something I believe most humans cling to as they remind us there is still good in the world.
“Beauty will save the world” ~ Dostoevsky
Long ago, I read the words of Dostoevsky. They made a permanent home in my brain. Please understand, that I am not so foolish as to believe that if everyone would plant daffodils or peonies, it would save the world. I believe there was a greater implication to his words. Perhaps, his wishes were to inspire the best in each of us and help us appreciate the connection we have to each other. A message of honor and respect ~ both are beautiful.
As Christie Purifoy writes: “With God’s help, we can pick up the pieces of an old and dying world, and we can make them new. We can make a place where beauty and peace can take root, flourish and grow.” I believe in her words and I believe much of achieving success with “picking up the pieces” has to do with how we think, what we focus our minds on, how we treat others, and what we do in our lives. Purifoy also reminds us that caring for each other, our communities and our homes are holy work. Now and again, I receive a gentle reminder when something of exquisite beauty stops me dead in my tracks, it is the hand of God who has created the glorious beauty before me. I pause and give thanks to Him for his magnificent creations and I wonder, “Perhaps in 1854, Dostoevsky was a soul with wings and knew that “beauty just may save the world.”
‘Godwinks,‘ for the week of June 29. Won’t you share yours? I know you have them.
1) A sweet Facebook message from a friend I have never met, saying I was in her thoughts.
2) Many bouquets of flowers from Mike cut from our garden, just magically appearing here and there in the house.
3) Two new books made their way to me, I will talk about them later.
Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.
May your week ahead be filled with beauty and joy. Stay well.
“True beauty. . .is the language of God.” ~ Christie Purifoy