The Obligation of Beauty

I feel privileged reblogging this wonderful message on healing and self-care. It is a beautiful message. I would, however, discount the saying that “Life is short.” If we think that won’t our mind make it so? We need to think about life as we want it to be, and accept it as it is because only by doing so can we make the connections to begin reshaping it toward something more ideal.

A Holistic Journey

It took me over a quarter of a century to realize beauty is not something frivolous. We need beauty in our life. The truth still takes my breath away. With no particular aesthetic gift or impulse, I was for much of my life satisfied if my purchases were functional. They didn’t have to be pretty. And so neither did I, because my brain got me around. It was my mind, not my appearance, that helped me achieve in school and life and build relationships. I now look with patience upon the black-and-white assertions we draw in youth.

In Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert borrows from The Italians by Luigi Barzini to tease out “why the Italians have produced the greatest artistic, political and scientific minds of the ages, but have still never become a major world power. [His answers] have to do with a sad Italian history of corruption…and…

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