We’ve all heard this saying before. But does it really resonate? Have you ever really thought about what it is suggesting? I believe we decide what we claim to be beautiful. We have the choice. And with this choice, we can choose to see the good in everything. Really – everything.
This picture is one of the favourite shots I snapped all trip. It’s a spider web. Big deal. If you saw this in the corner of your kitchen, you’d probably be reaching for a broom to get rid of it. But, if you place this exact same spider web in the woods, cover it with dew, add some natural sunlight, place a lens behind it and add a creative touch? Brilliance. Magic. That same spider web. It’s now one of my favourite pictures to look at.
Anything, really, can become beautiful just by changing our mindset, changing our angle, changing our own lens. Just as a camera can adjust it’s focus, so can we. We have the ability to look at things from different viewpoints. It’s not just a single piece of glass we are looking through, but rather layers and layers of anything we choose. We can choose lenses of curiosity, compassion, listening, observing, you name it. Unlike a camera, we have an added bonus. We have an advantage over the one-dimensional regular lens, which we too often find ourselves looking through – forgetting that there is so much more. We have the choice to learn more, to gain an understanding of what the real beauty is that lies beneath.
For example, the homeless man outside of the grocery store asking for change as you enter, and as you exit you find him plugging car meters about to get ticketed (thanks for sharing this Laura :) ). One of my patients today, struggling with every breath, who’s face came to life when she saw her grandaughter walk into the room, and then sharing a secret smile with her humble husband of 52 years. Even the most horrifying event can bring families together. Building friendships. Bringing the attention back to what really matters – the simple things in life. Beauty. Beauty is all around us. It’s everywhere. We just have to sometimes take a step back and look through different lenses, even beneath these lenses, to find different approaches to fully understand. To learn of the story that lies beneath.
Day 4 of our trip was the longest and most challenging. 13km. With breaks included we gott’er done in about 11 hours, even including a night ride cable car and a curry dinner. Challenging, definitely. But looking back, this day brought out our true characters, allowing for real bonding and real friendships. There’s beauty in the authentic self, and being able to show this to the people you care about most. Every raw inch of it. There’s beauty everywhere we look.