News headlines, political controversy, and current events can weaken us to the core. And sure, there’s more than enough negativity to break us. But there’s also an incredible amount of beauty and inspiration bubbling up around and within us that needs to be shared.
And to positively move forward, we must create new normals. We must shift our ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. We must embrace the world around us, not to become worldly for worldliness' sake, but instead to become part of its story.
We must tell new stories.
Stories that resonate.
Stories that inspire.
First, expect beauty. Move from a place where beauty is only captured in art museums, ocean side vacations, or photoshopped everything. Instead, start noticing the richness of color, texture, depth, creation, conversation, uniqueness, and love. When we do that, everything begins to change around us. We can expect to be surrounded by fragments of beauty each and every day. And once we’ve seen that amazing beauty already surrounds us, we can’t help but be transformed.
Second, revel in it. When we see beauty, capture it, breathe it, draw it, write it, and fully immerse yourself in it. We must do whatever we can to experience the beauty we've found ourselves in.
Third, make it our story. The story of beauty needs telling, and retelling, and retelling again. Because in the story of beauty, is a story of creation, creativity, humanity, and love. When we experience beauty, we must be confident in the promise that, "It is good." And in the goodness of this new found beauty, may we make it our own story to tell.
My name is Ross Donaldson. I'm a worship leader here at The Gathering. I'm also a songwriter, author, creative consultant, and recently founded my first startup, Sunstation USA.