Where does beauty reside?
Where does it lie?
Where is it found?
Beauty begins with us,
inside all of us,
ready to be discovered,
ready to be tapped.
In order for us to see beauty
in anyone or anything,
we have to see and recognize it first,
Where else can beauty be found?
Well understanding that starts within,
we can realize and appreciate
that we are surrounded by it as well.
The beauty we possess enables us
to find it in everyone and everything else.
However, more often than not,
attractiveness is not always apparent at first sight.
dirt and darkness where diamonds are hidden.
mud and disease where gold can be found,
seemingly buried behind impenetrable rocks or sands.
litter and chaos where masterpieces are born,
debris and dust where magnificent craftsmanship takes place,
slime and sulfur where oil riches burst forth,
incoherence and lack of meaning
in the words and statements,
found within the finest scribbles
when they are first created.
Pain, sweat and tears
when he noblest human feats come to pass.
Where does beauty originate?
Sometimes beauty is born in ugliness;
beauty is best valued,
when uncovered from underneath
or within hideousness.
Beauty is best appreciated
when provided or defined
under a mantle
that runs contrary
to stereotype and conventional wisdom.
But, for many,
beauty is also conferred in rich bounties,
who in turn fail to recognize
its existential worthiness,
failing to enjoy the aesthetics of life’s
most magnificent, radiant and incandescent side.
When beauty does not provide intense satisfaction,
our spirit and soul,
may in passing be,
empty and hollow.
In all its dimensions,
whether in persons or possessions,
over the passage of time
requires our benevolent disposition
to be recognized and admired.
Because as life’s clock ticks,
beauty changes and morphs,
but in the eyes of those
that truly know how to enjoy and feel it,
beauty never fades, diminishes or goes away.
For all of us,
physical youth provides and masks beauty;
through the years though,
the beauty and the richness,
or lack of,
of our life, spirit, and soul
are progressively plastered
and reflected on our faces;
without a mask,
we end up revealing and exposing,
what and who we really are inside,
Life’s truest beauty lies in hiding
ready to be uncovered,
if we make the effort to do so.
The beauty of a life well lived,
ages with nobility and grace.
Beauty is to be found on those life travelers,
that live free of limiting dogmas,
prejudices or stereotypes;
those, that truly find and enjoy
liveliness, comeliness, charm, grace
and anyone or anything pleasing to the senses;
Those that truly love and are loved.
Those that are active participants in their lives.
Those that dispense and value
the small gestures and details in life.
Those that devote, pour their hearts and spirits
into everything they do,
living passionate, inspired lives.
Those are the ones possessing and appreciative
of lasting beauty.
The kind of beauty that regardless
of what our senses prompt us to do,
regardless of place or circumstances,
regardless of age or riches,
regardless of ourselves or others,
never goes away.
Lasting beauty is perhaps
one of the most precious existential gifts.
perhaps one of the hardest to master.
It requires development as an immanent quality or virtue,
to appreciate, wear, value and treasure beauty,
even if there isn’t any
to be obviously seen, perceived or found.
But, when does Beauty becomes art?
Art is inherent to Beauty
as Beauty is to art.
Art is born in Beauty.
Art creates Beauty.
Beauty must be perceived and acknowledged,
for Art to exist.
As Art transforms the ordinary into masterful
and the extraordinary into sublime,
Art alters our perception,
making the object not only appealing,
but also arising feelings
that have meaning and purpose.
Art creates an intimate, quasi-spiritual
and highly intense connection within us,
as it speaks a unique inspiring language to our spirit,
while providing a mirror for our soul.
Beauty is often driven and born from Art,
when Art resonates to beauty
it always infatuates our hearts.
Art only exists in the eye of the beholder,
thus, there are no limits or boundaries
to what Art can be,
it can be a scribble, an essay, a craft;
anything Beauty touches,
may easily translate into Art.
Art is a deliberate human creation
driven by inspiration, talent, skill
and specially by our hearts.
Art is always generated
through bursting emotions;
then tempered and polished
through method, technique and intuitive studies
in the realms of knowledge and intellect.
Art is grace and blessing
as one can’t help
but feel the hand of God
behind its masterfulness and Beauty.
At the crossroads between Beauty and Art,
resides the most sublime of connections
between the human spirit, the soul
and everything we create.
Art is where life’s mastery lies,
where all our best and unique talents are harvested,
where continuous inspiration and happiness effervesce.
When we master Art and Beauty,
we are truly genuinely alive
as both require our vital engagement;
a heightened sensorial state,
connected with Creation,
we become champions of life
by squeezing and enjoying
the best it has to offer.