Beauty is my OneWord365 for this year. Beauty and I are off to a slow start.
Part of the problem is that I don’t really know how to track beauty. I have my trusty Pinterest board to help, but beauty is not necessarily a tangible thing. Tangible things can be beautiful, but the beauty of a thing (or person) usually lies within its (or his/her) story. And stories take time to unfold and be told.
What mainly trips me up, though, is my tendency to see things as not quite beautiful when they’re not quite done. I want a nice, finished project. And I see patterns and gaps pretty easily. This is helpful, because the first step is admitting the problem, but it also gets me bogged down in details and what-could-bes, and I miss the beautiful moments.
1. A day planned for writing wasted because I sliced my finger, and how ridiculously long it’s going to be to write this post without using that finger. On the upside, I am a little impressed with myself at how fast I’m learning to type four-fingered with my left hand.
2. A plan for Pilates ruined by an iffy stomach. On the upside, I successfully recognized the trigger in time to avoid pushing it, thereby avoiding another nasty, week(s)-long episode of digestive woes. Plus, I got a nap and soup.
3. A plan for a clean kitchen put on hold because of that ridiculous finger. I’m not seeing an upside to this yet. My kitchen is hideous and desperately in need of a scrub-down, y’all.
And that was just yesterday.
So apparently I’m going to learn to see beauty in the process this year. Neat.
I also think there’s something to beauty as found through story, so I’m going to explore that. I’m going to spend some time reading about beauty (Is reading a love language? Because it totally should be). The first four on the list are The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, On Beauty by Zadie Smith, Child of my Heart by Alice McDermott, and She Walks in Beauty: a Woman’s Journey through Poems by Caroline Kennedy.
I’m also linking up with Amy Young’s Trusting Tuesdays. Click over to read how others’ OneWord365 journeys are going!