Posts tagged ‘beauty’

December 6, 2015

She’s imperfect, but she tries

I love these lyrics from the song “Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles. Beautiful and touching. Sounds like so many women I know, myself included.

She’s imperfect, but she tries.
She is good, but she lies.
She is hard on herself;
She is broken and won’t ask for help.
She is messy, but she’s kind.
She is lonely, most of the time.
She is all of this mixed up
And baked in a beautiful pie.
She is gone but she used to be mine.

January 16, 2015

Beauty in small pieces

A beautiful poem by Jason Mayes, as it appears in the 2002 anthology The Fish Come In Dancing edited by Kate Braid:

Life holds nothing
but beauty in small pieces
which only seem small
from afar.

March 11, 2014

Lessons from a Russian doctor: A metaphor for life in general

In Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, Yuri Zhivago says to Lara Antipova:

I don’t think I could love you so much if you had nothing to complain of and nothing to regret. I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and of little value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.

I think this is a fitting metaphor for life in general: if you haven’t encountered and overcome challenges, setbacks or failures in your life; if you don’t have old scars that have healed with time, or wounds that are healing right now; if you haven’t faced difficult decisions and simply done your best to navigate those moments with as few bumps as possible, then I think you are missing out on the richness of experience and emotion that life has to offer. And in this experience and emotion is where the true beauty of life lies — or at least where you learn to see that beauty, in comparison to what has come before.

October 22, 2013

Love your quirks; they’re beautiful

Just be yourself. Let people see the

real,

imperfect,

flawed,

quirky,

weird,

beautiful and magical

person that you are.

              (Mandy Hale)

April 10, 2013

Redefining beauty

This quote from Barbara Bloom brings new perspective to the trials and tribulations we all weather in our lives:

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.

You are beautiful, cracks and all.  Believe it.  ❤