We live in a fast-paced world. I know, I know; you've heard that before. However, it really is true.
Technology, although supremely great, has allowed our culture to move at the click of a button. We talk on our phone, while purchasing concert tickets on a laptop, and checking our twitter feed on the iPad. Technology has allowed us to move faster than ever, and expect others to move just as quickly.
As Creatives, we move just as fast. Securing freelance jobs, frantically meeting deadlines grabbing coffee with perspective clients. We are always on the go.
But what happens when we forget to take a moment to experience life as it happens around us? What happens if we miss the beauty around us?
I have to be honest, it was my wife who convinced me to write about this subject. In fact, I am often guilty of missing the beautiful moments in life myself. It was in talking with her at dinner that I began to process the idea of stopping to see the beauty around us. I realized that beauty is truly everywhere.
I think it is important for us to see the beauty around us. Even the mundane can be beautiful. What may seem so ordinary to someone else, can be extraordinary to you. There is truth to that "beauty in the eye of the beholder" thing.
So, what do we do with this?
May I encourage you?
I encourage you to take a moment. Reflect on what you are experiencing in life right now. Enjoy the sound of a rain shower, and process the beautiful life that will grow from it. Do what you love. And realize that you love doing it. Find yourself in the moment.
I also encourage you to protect the moment. Don't allow life to rob you of it. No matter how busy you may be, take that moment to see the beauty around you. It will make your busy season more enjoyable.
Finally, may I encourage you to enjoy the moment. In that busy season of life, don't let the fear, stress or pain keep you from enjoying that beautiful moment. Smile when you see the field of flowers. Smile while watching a movie you've seen a billion times. Smile when looking in to the eyes of the one you love. Enjoy it.
I feel if we learn to recognize the beauty around us, we will be better Creatives. We will feel less pressure to create something we call beautiful, and have more freedom to use that which we see around us to create beautiful things. Realize that Beauty is Everywhere.
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