There Is Beauty In The World

by Tess on August 2, 2010

I found this video on Jill's blog and fell in love with it! Jill is mom to 6 beautiful kids and wife to my her best friend, Alan. Jill lives a truthful & free-spirited life.

Please add your beauty in today's comments.

I couldn't possibly list all of the beauty I find in the world. This is the beginning in no particular order. 

1. The aides who work with my aging mother for minimum wage. They tell me they love her. She’s their favorite patient. 

2. Volunteers and other selfless people. When I give freely of my time to those in need I always walk away thinking, “I don’t have problems only minor inconveniences.” 

3. Bloggers who extend a helping hand to newbies. 

4. Children. Where there is a child there is joy, laughter and innocence. 

5. Strangers who pay it forward, adding kindness and love to our world. Hundreds of millions of people do small acts of kindness daily.  

6. Happy couples. They are shining examples that happy relationships are possible.

7. Triathlons and Races. A small percent of the population push themselves to their limits. They are inspirational and motivation. You can’t watch an event and be unhappy. 

8. Sights and sounds of the city. I love to see people walking, talking, out and about in a park, eating lunch or attending an outdoor concert. 

9. Road construction. I love to see people working outdoors in hard hats, sweating and making transportation easier for everyone. I silently bless them and wave as I pass by. 

10. Water. I find beauty in our lakes, oceans, drinking water, bathing water, and fields being irrigated. 

11. Theater. I saw the Lion King three times. It brings up every emotion. The beauty of the characters, the costumes and the music…joy, joy, joy. 

12. People who work with children. Coaches, Scout leaders, PTA members and more…people who are selfless believing in children and investing in our future. 

13. Friends. They love me and want the best for me. They love me in spite of my flaws. 

14. My support group. They challenge me, accept me and encourage me to grow. I find peace and unconditional love in their presence. 

15. My teachers. Jacob Glass, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Echart Tolle, Oprah, Karen Van Allen. 

16. Freedom. I have the freedom to create my world exactly like I want it. The freedom of choice, speech, love, movement…the list is limitless. 

17. My home. It’s my shelter, my peaceful place and it’s filled with love and simplicity. 

18. Music.  Music transports us to different places, different levels and stirs every emotion.

19. Nature. I love the silence, the peace, and the healing that takes place when I immerse myself in nature. One can’t be unhappy at the ocean, in the mountains,  or in a field of wheat or flowers. 

20. The Ellen Show. I find her exuding laughter and fun. She’s sincere and generous. 

21. The internet and the beauty of connection it allows with people all over the world. 

22. Oneness. The idea that I am you and you are me. It’s a beautiful thing when we can accept rather than judge. 

23. Unsung heroes. My daughter, Kara recently applied CPR to a man in distress and saved his life. 

24. The Farmer’s Market. I love the smells, the color, the sounds. It’s a happy place and I love purchasing the freshest food and flowers. 

25. Inner Beauty. It's the beauty I have inside that allows me to see outside of myself. Do you realize how powerful and amazing this is? 

26. Flowers.Humans feel such fascination for and affinity with flowers’ ethereal qualities. They have provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics.” –Echart Tolle 

27. Higher Education. I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today without it.

28. Miracles. “A Course in Miracles” states a miracle is a shift in perception and the holiest place on earth is where a grievance has been healed. There is so much power and potential in shifting your perception. The reward is inner peace. 

29. Food. I find beauty in the variety, the taste, the color and the nutrition of good food. 

30. Gratitude Journals. Today more than ever people are aware of the power of gratitude. 

31. Meditation.  Sitting in silence allows one to live in this world from the inside out. 

32. Community. There are 7 billion people in the world, if I’m willing to reach out I can have the support I need. 

33. Wisdom. I have ability to listen to my inner voice and make the best use of that knowledge.

34. Healers. There is beauty in the traditional and non-traditional healers who are sharing their gifts with the world. 

35. The Airline Industry. To know we can fly anywhere at anytime is amazing. To move beyond the nuisance of security, long lines, and minor inconveniences and be on a journey to see the world is truly awesome. 

36. Possibility. To know there is unlimited untapped human potential is mind blowing. I have the Divine in my DNA and so do you! 

37. Coffee. I love it. There is beauty in friends gathering together at coffee shops.   

38. Skype. The ability to connect with my grandson: play hide-and-seek, sing, read and laugh with him. He is a toddler, I live across the country. 

39. My body. The miracle of my body;from the blink of an eye to running a half marathon is simply beautiful. 

40. Art. I love all art forms. Walk into a museum or art gallery and tell me there is no beauty in the world. Impossible! 

41. Photographs. I have photos of my family and friends all over my home. 

44. Love. To live in a loving state is the both beautiful and healing. 

45. Diversity.  To know and appreciate differences adds beauty and peace.    

46. Fun. Fun is available to everyone. Incorporate it in everyday.

47. An undefended heart. An open happy heart, it doesn’t get much better than that. 

48. Forgiveness. People like Anne Frank and Nelson Mandela have showed us the beauty in forgiveness. 

49. A Smile. Something so simple and so easy, it's beautiful. . 

50. My family…my hubs, children, grandchildren and sons-in-law, they have given me endless opportunities to forgive, laugh, cry and just be elated with life and love. 

I’ve only just begun to list the beauty I witness in our world.

What beauty do you see in the world? How can you add more beauty to your world?

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    Eduard @ People Skills Decoded August 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hey Tess,

    Truly, there is. I am at a point now where I can’t really understand anymore people who don’t see all the beauty in the world. I sometimes think to myself that they must be blind or something, but they’re mostly just stuck in their heads.


    Tess August 2, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Yes I do believe one’s heart needs to be open to recognize beauty. It’s all a matter of choice what we focus on. I want to be in the position where I can see nothing else. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.


    Karl Staib - Work Happy Now August 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Where to begin? I guess at the beginning.
    - Little bugs that look like aliens
    - A dog’s unending love
    - My kid’s laugh
    - My wife’s hugs
    - My parents cranky selves because at least they are still to complain.
    - The ability to write
    - Connecting with strangers and making them into friends
    - Laughing at my own jokes
    - Listening to a well told story

    Thanks Tess! Just thinking of all these things made me happier.

    By the way your list is spot on. Great job!


    Lance August 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

    LOVE the video!! There IS so much beauty in this world!

    And – I LOVE your list!!! It makes me happy just reading it!

    I see beauty in the world:
    - in the mother fox and babies playing in our backyard
    - in the moonlight reflecting off a quiet lake
    - in the joy of kids just playing together
    - the wind in my hair
    - fog in the early morning
    .-= Lance´s last post…The Power Of A Smile =-.


    Jill August 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Your list is fabulous, Tess! Its funny how a song can speak to us and open our hearts to what is beautiful.

    My short list of beauty:

    Watching the sun rise in the morning.
    Listening to my youngest girls playing make-believe.
    Mother Earth
    A full moon shining over Lake Superior

    Thanks so much for the link love. I’m so happy that you found the song meaningful.
    .-= Jill´s last post…Beauty in the World =-.


    Jay Schryer August 2, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful list, Tess! I’d like to add making and appreciating art in all it’s forms: music, painting, sculpture, literature, etc. Shared laughter and eyes on fire with love. The beauty of the sunset, the glow of the moon, and the shimmer of the stars. A cool breeze on a hot day, and a warm fire on a cool night. Beauty abounds!
    .-= Jay Schryer´s last post…Play the Game =-.


    Lori August 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Ha ha — yes, road construction! Good one!
    Your body! Absolutely! Gorgeous!
    I love this, Tess. You’re rocking the world.
    Now, about that coffee — I gotta get me some.
    .-= Lori´s last post…Front Porch- Dreams- Laughter- and Comic Inspiration =-.


    uzma August 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I feel so much beauty and so much inner joy in your words. This is beauty for me- a wise soul that guides and shines light,
    – lovely words that stir the soul (like this post)
    – a child’s smile
    – love and a gaze shared between two eyes
    – the rain
    -stunning views.
    -people who live from their hearts

    ah, all of life in all its hues, is beauty.
    Thank u so much for this very invocative post


    Tess The Bold Life August 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Yes there is so much power in reflecting on beauty…it creates more. In todays world it’s easy to get sidetracked and fearful. Hugs and love are always beautiful when given and received with the right intention.


    Tess The Bold Life August 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    It’s so fun to read your list. Beauty really is endless and all my peeps and all their comments are so beautiful. Hope your marathon training is going well.

    Oh you brought back such memories of the little ones and make believe. Our four daughter would spend hours and hours doing this together. One of their favorites was playing church;)

    By the looks of your list you must be enjoying So Cal weather. Thanks for adding beauty to my day, my friend.

    Would you grab me a cup and bring it over! We can sit on the front porch at my house. I have a swing. JK;)

    Awww, you’re so sweet and thank you! Oh yes rain, here in AZ we just had a few days of rain. First since April!


    Mark August 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing the video, it is great! You have listed so much beauty and as you said the list could go on forever. Thank-you for sharing your beauty!
    .-= Mark´s last post…Many Mansions- Many Rooms =-.


    Caroline August 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Oh my goodness…what a great list! I love the Ellen show! And strangers…oh yes! As I embark on my 31 day of 31 strangers photo challenge I am blown away by the kindness I am finding. This experience is life changing!!!
    .-= Caroline´s last post…Stranger 2 =-.


    suzen August 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Tess! Super video! And what a great list! I see beauty in the eagles that soar over the lake every day, the forests and the deer with their young, the big puffy clouds – oh there is so much! Forgive me, I’m skipping the bears.


    Tony Single August 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Funny thing, Tess… I’ve just written a post about beauty. I love yours. So much to be thankful for! :)


    Angela Artemis August 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Tess,
    I loved this one:
    28. Miracles. “A Course in Miracles” states a miracle is a shift in perception and the holiest place on earth is where a grievance has been healed. There is so much power and potential in shifting your perception. The reward is inner peace.

    I’ve been a student of the Course for many years. It’s an amazing work.

    Okay here’s my list:
    1. Hearing the birds chirping in the morning when I wake up
    2. Watching bees pollinate my flowers. Love it when they’re covered in pollen.
    3. The great and friendly people at Trader Joe’s
    4. Kittens and puppies
    5. My wonderful caring neighbors.
    .-= Angela Artemis´s last post…For Spiritual Growth – Keep it Simple =-.


    Joy August 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Tess,
    This is one of my favorite songs..very life affirming!!!
    And I love love love the Lion King…
    And the farmer’s market, flowers, miracles, friends…
    My own list would take up this entire page–today I notice:
    *the wispy clouds stretching across the sky,,
    *my children’s laughter
    *faith abundant and strong..I am not at all sure how the details of my day will work, but as I allow for unfolding I am delighted beyond imagination..
    *friendships…genuine, unconditional..generous in all ways..loving, supportive..encouraging me to soar…
    *this blogging community that is full of so much beauty in so many ways..from Lance’s smile video to this very post and all in between…
    *smiles..genuine big grins stretching ear to ear, laughter that lights ones eyes..
    *and surprises..simple surprises that change my entire life because finally, finally I am able to open my ehart to receive as much as I’ve given..
    *You* radiate Tess..thank you for allowing us to radiate with you:)


    Sandra Lee August 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Tess, A wonderful list! I am especially struck by number 9: road construction!!!! What is so often considered an irritation can be seen as beauty when we shift our focus. You are a shining example!

    Today I see beauty in:
    1. my neighbors
    2. lava rock
    3. Lynn P.
    4. Kittens, as usual

    for a start…:_
    .-= Sandra Lee´s last post…The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 =-.


    Tess August 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my post. You bring beauty to our world!

    I love your stranger photo project. You are on the cutting edge with your beauty in the world;)

    OK I’ll take care of the bears for you. It sounds like you’re having a beautiful summer. Thanks for sharing in our beauty.

    Thanks and I’ll be over to share in your beautiful blog.

    I love your list and aren’t we blessed to be happy learners;) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your joy.

    Yes we do have a beautiful blogging community and isn’t an open heart a beautiful thing! Thanks for sharing your beautiful life on your boat with us. I appreciate you.

    Yes the lava rock…I forgot…I saw it in Hawaii and oh yes construction workers turn me on;)


    Peggy Nolan August 3, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Dear Tess,

    Beauty is all around me…

    –My Edgar, the Wonder Dog – not only is he a beautiful Border Collie, but even at his 12 1/2 years of age, he is grace in motion. Watching him track imaginary sheep or play frisbee is just beautiful.

    –My Family – Beautiful souls enrinching my life

    –Yoga – the connection of mind, body, and spirit: what could be more beautiful?

    –Flowers – God’s gift in good climates and in some of the most arid, driest places.

    –Thai Kickboxing – because there is beauty in being strong, muscular, and sweaty.

    –Peas – Yummy, scrumscious, and the color green is beautiful

    –Ice cream – just typing it sounds beautiful

    –Indulging in my fantasy land of vampires and zombies – ok, maybe not, but watching True Blood is beautiful to me =)

    –Coffee – iced, dark roast, one cream. Heaven.

    –Doing Nothing – takes beauty to a whole ‘nother level!!
    .-= Peggy Nolan´s last post…Don’t Take IT Personally It’s Not About Me It’s Not About You =-.


    Tess The Bold Life August 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Your list shows how much fun you have and how you live life to the fullest. Thanks you for sharing and let’s meet for coffee tomorrow!


    Belinda Munoz + THe Halfway Point August 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I read this yesterday (and loved the Macy Gray video, I’m a fan) but didn’t get a chance to leave a comment. Now, I’m loving reading everyone else’s lists.

    I was just talking to someone about the beauty of being able to fly to get to faraway places. So true. The airline industry has literally expanded our horizon.

    My stream of consciousness list…

    a support system (friendships, close relatives)
    notebooks and pens (because I refuse to write everything electronically)
    bird feathers
    bodies of water
    tea and its health benefits
    and blogs like yours

    I could go on and on here but I better stop. Thanks for spreading beauty ’round these parts.


    Marko -- Calm Growth August 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    This is the one of the posts that really can change lives… There are so many people who I would like to show this post. It has helped me with conclusion on my last post… Amazing!

    Honestly, I have a lot more good than bad things, but here’s my little list without any order, and certainly not complete, of the beauty I find in the world:

    1. Existence.
    2. Books that I read.
    3. People that I love and appreciate.
    4. My family.
    5. My girlfriend.
    6. Great people that I did not know before my blog.
    7. Sitting in silence.
    8. The smell of flowers.
    9. The appearance of stone.
    10. Moon
    11. Plants and trees.
    12. The present moment.
    13. Music.
    14. Emotions. Good and bad.
    15. Rivers that I love.
    16. Clouds, stars, night and dust.


    Brenda August 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    This made my day …. it filled my heart with utter joy! Just got back from a hard day of traveling to see a sick relative and my heart was heavy…you helped me to focus on the beauty that is all around!

    So much beauty in the world:

    Eyes filled with love.
    The cheerful cashier at Target.
    My kids and nieces and nephews who grew up so lovely.
    My granddaugher’s laugh.
    The energy of love.
    Summer evenings.
    Barefoot days.
    Kids in sprinklers.
    Kindness in every form.
    Squirrels chasing each other.
    My husband’s strength.
    Meals lovingly prepared.
    Chocolate…milky, sweet, creamy…


    Patty - Why Not Start Now? August 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Wow, you nailed it, Tess. You captured all the big categories, and I love each and every one of them. A bounty of beauty. And I love the deeper message here, that we need only open our eyes and look, and we will see beauty before us. Why, just for today, I can tick off a bunch of beautiful stuff: an orange dragonfly, the warm sun, my husband’s smile, my client’s stories, the images for a collage, a reunion with an old friend, a drive through the park. And that’s just a few hours worth! Thanks for the reminder, Tess.
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last post…Meaning Mondays- August! =-.


    Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord August 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Oh Tess, this is wonderful! I love this phrase, “I don’t have problems only minor inconveniences.” Wow, if that doesn’t say it all, what does?!

    I also love happy couples — they make my heart dance, and remind me of what I know is headed my way (and about to smack me lovingly between the eyes!).

    Ohhh, and I just glimpsed Peggy’s “pea” comment. I love peas, too, and see such beauty in their color, texture and taste!

    Big hug & much love!


    Kristie Ryan August 4, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Absolutely love it Tess!

    There is so much beauty in the world, it’s ridiculous. For me it’s sitting back and watching either nature simply exist or people being their great selves that really gets me.

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve shared as well to hopefully spread the beauty :)


    Evita August 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Tess

    Because of how much beauty you give to the world, you are able to get it back that much more for yourself.

    You see beauty Tess so abundantly and I can feel every drop of your gratitude in the list you made for all these beautiful things!
    .-= Evita´s last post…Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale- Throwing Back the Walleye – Living From The Heart =-.


    Hilary August 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Tess .. actually ‘what’s not to be beautiful?’ .. everything has it’s beauty .. I take that with me at the moment .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last post…Could this be a sitcom – or a break out sitcom Ever had a one word – at a time – conversation Fish and Chips – how do you spell it =-.


    Jaded August 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I envy you, truly I do….I found your page by doing a search on the term “I see no beauty in the world”, because that’s how I feel. I feel quite desperate about it. Without wanting to sound self-pitying, my life has not been easy…and despite what TV and the movies might say about people with tough lives, it doesn’t turn us all into good, strong people, able to cope with everything, nor does it make us appreciate the good times more, when they come along. My life is much more peaceful than it used to be, the worst events are behind me now. Do I appreciate life now? No….I feel i’ve become a bitter, negative, depressed, anxious person. I am getting counselling now, but it hasn’t helped so far. I wish I could see something that I just instantly feel is beautiful…and stop envying those that can.


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