The art of living beautifully (according to me) is something that I have seen around the globe in my life. Cultures from around the world do it differently, but there is always this in common…they find ways to sustain joy. They partner with the world and create a life for themselves that speaks to their souls. I have found somethings that do this for me. Food. Family. Friends. Work (not necessarily a job, but actually doing something I love).
It isn’t easy, this art of living beautifully. The world will partner with you, but it is just as happy to throw curve balls at you. Too little time to enjoy a meal. Settling for good enough or collecting clutter. Being your own worst critic and judging yourself too harshly. It all adds up and steals your joy. This reactionary response to life isn’t living beautifully. Control is elusive though, isn’t it? Why is that? I think it is because we don’t intentionally carve out space for things that matter.
Be Intentional and Notice Things
The art of living beautifully is a practice and it is purposeful. Art doesn’t just happen, does it? The artist collects materials and sets aside time to create. I found that I wasn’t doing this purposefully and consistently. And even now that I know I should be finding and cultivating joy in my life, I still get curve balls and forget to do it.
Living beautifully is an art…it is a practice…it is purposeful. Most of all, it is journey of exploration. It is intentionally taking the time to notice and reflect upon the things that bring you joy. This blog category contains things that I am playing with that bring me joy.