How do you define beauty? A couple of weeks ago I had my college Creative Writing class read a piece about watching a stunt pilot fly his plane by author Annie Dillard. She wrote, "I had thought I knew my way around beauty a little bit, I knew I had devoted a good part of my life to it... " but watching Dave Rahm's performance in the air changed all she had known about beauty. She wrote, "Even the Boston Museum of fine Arts was never more inspiring ..."
I was captivated by her sentence, "I had thought I knew my way around beauty..."
It wasn't so much Dillard's artful descriptions of the stunt pilot's performance that captured my attention as the idea of beauty-- of learning something new about beauty. So I asked my class this provocative question: I said, "What are you learning new about beauty today?" Their mouths flopped open, eyes bulged. "Hunh?"
So now I'm asking the same question of you. What are you learning new about beauty today? Will you go on this journey with me? Send me what you're learning about beauty. Tell me what beauty means to you. (Notice I'm not using the word "beautiful" which is an adjective-- I'm talking about the real-life in-the-moment- experience of the noun, beauty.) Okay, I'm waiting to hear from you.