Outward Bound

And so I shift my focus outward, toward the bigger picture. What is my contribution in life? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.

My answer? I want to add beauty to the world.

It’s a vague idea, no doubt. But it is the best I have to offer. Upheaval, pain and strife are essential parts of everyone’s journey. The beauty helps us get through those times, just as it helps us celebrate the joys. It also punctuates the quiet parts of our lives, the in between, those moments that pass seemingly unnoticed but capture a large part of our time here.

So, beauty. Where to start?

I think it begins with gentleness. With kindness. With encouragement and laughter. I add beauty to the world by casting these qualities beyond myself and those I love. I add beauty to the world by seeking peace. I add beauty to the world by seeing what’s there and showing you what’s beautiful about it, by creating beauty and sharing it with you and encouraging you to take that light and share it with someone else.

To add beauty to the world I need to help others find it. Within themselves and within others. In the day-to-day of life and in the big moments, both good and bad.

I’m off to find beauty in today and all the todays I’m allowed.

What’s beautiful to you?

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  1. oh megan, you DO add beauty to this world. and i love you for it!

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    Megan Reply:

    @hello haha narf, Aw, thank you! You add happy and sunshine to the world and I love YOU for it! xo

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  2. Beauty to me… I have to think about this, because right now, all I can think about are supermodels, sunrises and awesome beach views. ;-)

    Seriously, beauty to me is when I see something incredible that makes me smile and happy. That could be anything.

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    Megan Reply:

    @martymankins, All those things ARE beautiful! And I agree that anything that makes us smile is a beautiful thing.

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  3. On my daily drive, I recently noticed a lamppost that I must have driven by a 100 times without ever noticing or really appreciating. It was beautiful to me.

    I think beauty comes from the familiar and recognizing the value in the things we take for granted on a daily basis.

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    Megan Reply:

    @elizabeth-flourishinprogress, Ooo… I like that answer. And, you just gave me a bit of inspiration. Thank you!

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  4. Oh, yes, your gift is definitely adding beauty.

    Right now I’m madly in love with the mountains that surround Salt Lake City. They are insanely beautiful and it just blows my mind that you can see them while you’re going to the library, walking down the street, having a meal. Craziness.

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    Megan Reply:

    @Miss Britt, Oh, mountains. God I love mountains. I must have mountains in the next place I live. Florida is too flat.

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  5. My friends are beautiful. Laughter is beautiful. A hard rain with the sun shining.

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    Megan Reply:

    @Avitable, I like. Very much.

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  6. You add beauty in so many ways!

    For me beauty comes in so many forms; beautiful words, caring gestures, newly opened blossoms, it’s endless really. As a photo nerd I’m always on the lookout for visual beauty, and I try to appreciate every moment of beauty I encounter.

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    Megan Reply:

    @Lisa, Endless, yes. If you are determined to find it. :)

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