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What do you see?

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

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You have heard me worry before about the folks that only see the raincloud and never the rainbow. These are the same people who spend so much time looking at the weeds that they seldom see the flowers.

I don’t think the difference comes from wearing rose colored glasses but from where we focus our attention. If we only expect to see the ugly, we will. Those who choose to see that which is beautiful will find and often find it in the most unexpected places.

If you want more color in your world you might find the following article to be an eye opener.

Ways to Find Beauty Every Day

by Dani DiPirro

     Confucius once said, ‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it’. Those words are beautiful to read, but sometimes difficult to believe. How can everything have beauty? It turns out that beauty is, as the old saying goes, in the eye of the beholder. What you look at isn’t nearly as important as how you look at it.

     Often, when we look closer and with a more discerning eye, we can find the beauty that lies within even the most unattractive things. This kind of thinking works not only for tangible things, but also for people, situations, and interactions. Here are five ways you can start finding the beauty in every single day.

Seek Beauty Within Yourself

In a culture designed to make us want to be more than we already are, it’s not always easy to see beauty within yourself. But the wonderful thing is that we are all uniquely, amazingly beautiful just as we are. Every day is an opportunity to seek out this beauty within yourself. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Look yourself straight in the eye and name at least three beautiful traits you possess. (These need not be physical — your beauty exists both externally and internally.) When you first see your reflect in the mirror, tell yourself something like, ‘I have a lovely, strong nose. I am a talented artist. I have an infectious laugh’. Try identifying three beautiful things about yourself every day for a week and you’ll be surprised at how much beauty exists within you.

Look at the World as a Child Would

Children appreciate beauty in a way adults often forget to do. The more you’ve seen the world, the more difficult it is to take note of how much it’s teeming with beautiful things. Try to explore your world as a child would, imagining what it would be like to see things for the first time. Pay close attention to the little things in nature — an insect on the sidewalk, a cloud sliding across the sun, a breeze pushing through your curtains — as well as the big marvels — the great expanse of sky above you, the way technology has transformed your life, or the way everything had to align for you to meet your soul mate or best friend. Marveling at life’s big and small miracles will help you to see beauty on a daily basis.

Identify What’s Beautiful to You

While everything does possess beauty, we all have our preferences as to what we find most beautiful. These preferences are important, and knowing what they are can allow you to curate more beauty in your life. Pay attention to what things strike you as particularly beautiful. Take note of what colors, sensations, situations, people, and feelings you most enjoy. How does it feel when you see or experience these things? How might you be able to incorporate more of this beauty in your world? For example, if you find yourself drawn to the color blue, perhaps it would be beneficial to paint your bedroom walls blue or wear a favorite blue shirt more often. Know what you find beautiful and keep it close to you always.

Create Something Beautiful

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a creative person, you can create something beautiful. Creativity isn’t limited to paintbrushes and colored pencils. You have the power to bring beauty into the world by creating a thing of beauty. You can create a delicious meal for your loved ones; you can create an engaging conversation with a coworker; you can create a room of laughter by telling a funny story. Every interaction you have is a chance to bring beauty into the world. Use whatever skills you have (refer back to #1 to identify those!) to make something beautiful. Beauty isn’t just in the eye of the beholder; it’s also in the hands of the creator. You need not wait to find beauty — you can make it right where you are!

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Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

H. G. Wells

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How does Alice like being pregnant?” Bob asked his friend John.

“Oh, she’s not pregnant,” John replied, “she’s expecting.”

“What’s the difference?” Bob pressed.

“Well, John explained, “She’s expecting me to cook dinner, she’s expecting me to do the housework, she’s expecting me to rub her feet…”

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Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad check.

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A car salesman trying to “influence” a senator by offering him a new car for free. The senator tells him that he could never accept such a gift under such circumstances. “That would be unethical, dishonest and against the law!” he replies indignantly.

The salesman thinks for a moment, and suggests he “sell” the senator a car …for $20.

The senator nods approvingly, “Great, I’ll take 2.”

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A guy has to get fresh once in a while so the girl doesn’t lose her confidence.

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As Barb was getting to know David and his family, she was very impressed by how much his parents loved each other. “They’re so thoughtful,” Barb said. “Why, your dad even brings your mom a cup of hot coffee in bed every morning.”

After a time, Barb and David were engaged, and then married. On the way from the wedding to the reception, Barb again remarked on David’s loving parents, and even the coffee in bed. “Tell me,” she said, “does it run in the family?”

“It sure does,” replied David. “And I take after my mom.”

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“My doctor told me he’d have me on my feet in two weeks. He was right. I got his bill; I had to sell my car.”

Rodney Dangerfield

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WISE ADVICE FROM CHILDREN

“Everyone has feelings, except for snakes and principals.” – Donna Maria G, age 9

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and the world laughs at you.” – Rob P, age 8

“If life gives you nothing but lemons, make up a better shopping list for it.” – Steven B, age 8

“Doctors automatically know what’s wrong with you. They have a sick sense.” – Beau M., age 10

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“My wife suggested a book for me to read to enhance our relationship. It’s titled: ‘Women are from Venus, Men are Wrong.'”

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She told me why it’s good to be a woman……….

We got off the Titanic first.

We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.

Taxis stop for us.

If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear.

There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.

We’ll never regret piercing our ears.

We can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.

We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence, because they aren’t listening anyway.

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Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

Ashley Smith

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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