Sunday, October 6, 2013

Noticing Beauty: 31 Days of Intentional Living (and an assignment)

I look everyday — but do I notice?

We are surrounded by beauty. All around us are signs of autumn's arrival.

Today is a reminder to stop and intentionally see it.

"Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter."

Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

Your Assignment: Take some time today and look for beauty. Maybe it's something you drive past every day. Maybe it's right outside your front door. Take a photo, walk, or write about it. Share what you saw in the comments (if you want).

This is the seventh post in a series, called 31 days of Intentional Living. You can find all the posts in this series here, updated each day in October. Category: Inspirational & Faith

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