The definition of beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. Let’s pause right here….we are all trained to think that beauty is a version of perfection, but honestly who ever said that beauty is perfect? Think about this. This definition speaks of a combination of qualities, not a given mold or design of what one should look, act or feel like. Who said that beauty is found in being like everyone else? I mean, it’s right there, in the definition, spelled out for us. Consider the unique path you are on and the differences that makeup who you are.
If it wasn’t for the messy, how could you see the clean?
If it wasn’t for the difficult, how could you know when it was easy?
And most importantly, if it wasn’t for the imperfections that make up our moments and our days, how could we ever really see the beauty?
Beauty is found in healing.
Beauty is found in the things that make us different.
Beauty is found in the small, tender moments that define us and draw us closer to the ones we love.
Beauty is also found in the challenges that help us grow and improve. Maybe it isn’t the final result as much as the process.
Beauty is found in the mundane.
In the quiet.
In the loud.
In the calm.
In the chaos.
Sometimes we get caught up in the day-to-day grind and the expectations that we create for ourselves and somehow forget that we are living in our future memories. The real question we should be asking is…”what about this day will matter most when I reflect back on it?” Could it be the sticky hug I got from my fussy toddler as I buckled her into her car seat that ended in a sweet “I love you” or maybe the encouragement I felt when my favorite song came on while I sat stuck in traffic? These are the things that beautiful memories are made of, not the uneventful or the routine. Embrace the chaos.
If we look back on the moments that make up our most precious memories, it is not the perfect moments that come to mind, it is the many imperfect details that make up our differences, our unbelievably and highly valuable imperfections that are so very beautiful.
Not perfect. Just beautiful. Embrace the messy, the sticky, and the real.