George Andersen

Philosophical Counselor

14 June

Beauty as motivator

Created by the Russian artist Sceith.

In one of my previous posts I wrote about the fact that people can change to became better human beings. Among the things that could motivate us to change and improve ourselves is beauty. Beauty goes beyond our cultural backgrounds and the environment in which we live; it appeals to that part of our soul that can transform and purify us. Sometimes beauty touches us through the eyes of a loved one, or through the fragility of a flower. Sometimes it is revealed to us through a dream. Sometimes it comes from within and sometimes from the outside.

When we see beauty we may feel the need to look at it, to let her go through us, to understand it, to learn from it, to make it part of our lives, and to let our thoughts and actions be permeated by it. Beauty can be a powerful motivator for change. If we can accept its presence it makes us more human, gentle, and compassionate. In order to be touched and motivated by beauty we have to tend to our soul, open our eyes so that we see it when it appears in the fleeting moments of our lives, and open the door for it.

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