A Beautiful Life

It seems almost impossible these days (yes, yes, I am not that old) for movies, TV shows, books, media, etc., to be anything in the way of decent. Instead, most of us (and I’ve been guilty of this) waste most of our time on movies, TV shows, and false media reports that do nothing whatsoever to enhance us, but only make us bitter and/or jaded.

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Why not take a walk, read a good book, take a short nap, or, if you just can’t bear to stay away from movies for too long, watch things that are actually good, like ‘I Dream of Jeanie’, BBC’s ‘Emma’, or the 1997 ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (or better still, read the books of the latter two). A good fairy  tale (i.e. one that actually ends well) is always a good choice, too (and poetry, if you’re a real human, will fill your heart with beauty any time).

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Or, if you’re more adventurous, write a letter, sing a beautiful old hymn, get rid of all the clothes that are too small, you don’t like, or are the wrong color, and find some that compliment you, that enhance your beauty. The same goes for your hair, your shoes, your jewelry, your perfume – or, in other words, DON’T. SETTLE. FOR. BLAH.

It isn’t worth it to be “normal”.

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What’s more, you can even start a journal (and your life doesn’t have to be “interesting” – make your own magic). There is just something about having black gel pens (or quill and ink, they’re awesome too, if a little messy – newspapers advised) and a beautiful journal that just makes the world seem a little brighter (because it can’t see what you have written about it, ha!). You can put everything you did and didn’t do, said and didn’t say in a journal, and unless someone has the worst manners in the world (this also means no manners) and reads it, no one will ever know what you don’t want them to.

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Or, if you think you can take on anything, try a new recipe. It’s never a good thing to stay in one place and never try anything new – it can cause you to feel old. Trying out new recipes is just, well, it has a certain “thingness” to it, as Bertie Wooster would say.

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Even just studying flowers (as we all know, this is just another way of saying “napping in a sunny field on a warm summer’s day”) is one way to have a beautiful life (drawing them is even better). If you don’t like today’s fashion, make your own! Learn how to sew, knit, crochet, weave – whatever floats your boat (by which I mean, whatever you most enjoy).

file000525119070.jpg If one’s life is not beautiful, then it becomes nothing more or less than toil, and that is not part of God’s plan. Work, yes, but not toil. Work is supposed to cleanse, not break.

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