I have spent so many nights wandering the woods. The night time world forsaken by those who are afraid of what they do not understand. Often I encounter that fear. Often this fear is expressed by the person afraid very viciously. They do not understand something and afraid to learn or to change their mind they attack it with name calling and jokes and peer pressure. Yet life is a journey, a path of steps and decisions and encounters. We all know where we begin and we all know how the mortal journey ends. So why fear it or fear anything along the way? Were I to step outside tonight and wander the woods I may die. I can minimize this with some precaution or course a knife or two and a side arm just to be safe for sure there are creatures out there that are dangerous. But why be afraid? If I were to die tonight my mortal journey ends yes but it would end my way on my terms experiencing all the wonder and diversity and greatness that God has provided for us to explore.
And what of beauty. It is so much more then the superficial thing in which we seem to place so much value. I have stared deep into the soul of many a beautiful woman only to see turmoil, and filth, and the ashes of virtue that never had a chance to take hold. That is not beauty, I have stared into the soul of a new born babe and seen the promise of the future and the wonder of all the new things they are experiencing.
Is beauty an emotional thing. The appreciation of it is most definitely emotionally full filling but I believe it to be an intellectual soulful thought process that comes to that appreciation. To many times we make choices and decisions based upon our emotions and then have to use our intellect to dig ourselves out of the problems that decision making process always causes. Instead were we to use our minds to think, our eyes to see, our ears to listen and make our decisions based upon that intellect and then gain the emotional appreciation of a well made choice and a life more free of the burdens of the bad choices.
Certainly I have made more then a few bad choices myself. Admittedly some of these choices led down paths that taught me many things worth knowing. But in retrospect I suspect these things could have been learned with less pain.
So beauty can be found in many ways and along many paths we should never be afraid to try and experience it yet we should with wisdom make that experience with a sound mind so that we can take in all this universe has for our mortal existence with out dragging our own baggage on every step of the journey.
Beauty can come when you open your mind to it and expand your repertoire to understand. Today you may find a rose to be beautiful and yet when you look deeper you can see the complexity of just one leaf on that rose and find beauty in the magnificent design that causes that leaf to serve that plant. Ask the questions seek the answers. Broaden your scope from small to large from one leaf to a whole bush with an entire system of bacteria and insects and energy transfers. From roots to flower to seed to roots.
I often find my work to be beautiful. The precision, the creating of something both aesthetically and dimensionally perfect from every chamfer to every diameter. From the smooth shine of the surface finish to the overall product a study of form and function.
We need to take time to think and appreciate beauty, Our lives are far far to short in the mortal span of existence to overlook things or to pass them by from fear. This does not mean we need to take time away from what we are doing. Rather we should open our eyes while we are doing it perhaps that means setting down the smart phone or turning down the radio or shutting out all the worries in the back of our mind while we are working to spend just a little time appreciating just what we are doing right there in front of us.