Which components of your life stay in the forefront of your mind? Which elements of life do you continually monitor?
Take food, for example. Many of us track how we eat—are we consuming enough protein, calcium or antioxidants? We note ingredients, attempting to avoid high fructose corn syrup, MSG and artificial sweeteners. If we eat too much junk food on the weekend, extra sweets at a party or fast food on the road, we are then careful to cook healthy meals and choose better snacks in order to recover from the damage done to our bodies.
Or take exercise as a category. Many of us monitor the number of steps we take daily, the times per week we go to a workout session or the hours we spend cycling. We take the stairs instead of the elevator. We park at the far edge of the lot. We look for ways to add more movement to our days. If we miss our routine because of travel, illness or a crowded schedule, we then try to fit in an extra class or workout, in order to make up for it.
Or finances. Many of us budget our money, watch the stock market or bargain-hunt. We work to get promotions and bigger paychecks, learn about tax loopholes and save for retirement. If we have an unexpected bill, we then cut back on discretionary spending to compensate for the loss.
What about beauty? Is it even a category?
Beauty is just as important to our well-being as food, exercise or money. Perhaps, even more so.
So here’s my challenge to all of us—start regarding beauty as an important element of your life. Treat beauty the way you treat any area you monitor with vigilance. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Consider the role of beauty in your life by keeping a diary—for a few days or for a week—noting each beautiful point in your day. At the end of your observation time, look back at your entries and see what you can learn.
- Seek out opportunities to add more beauty to your days—in both small and large doses.
- Set beauty goals.
- Find others with whom to seek and share beauty.
- Be mindful of the means and mediums through which you receive beauty, and those through which you are worn down, worn out or discouraged. Counter the destructive forces with extra delights and deeper experiences of beauty.
- Put search for beauty on your to-do list.
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