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Appreciating Beauty

Appreciating Beauty

Most of us don’t have trouble seeing and appreciating the beauty around us. We find it in sunrises and sunsets, the clouds as the gently blow by, the mountains, or the beach. Nature is full of beauty when we slow down long enough to notice.

And then there is the beauty of the people we encounter every day. Some of that beauty is easy to notice – the cute guy or girl, the model in the ad or the actor on TV. Some of the beauty is subtler and can go unnoticed. The kind heart of the person waiting your table, the smile from the elderly person you let get in front of you in line at the grocery store. It might not demand your attention, but it’s there and when you take time to appreciate it, it can change your day and theirs.

But what about the beauty within you? Yeah, you! Most of us don’t recognize that beauty, let alone take time to appreciate it. We’re more likely to deny it’s there. We refuse to believe it. Beauty, true beauty, is something we think belongs to someone else. And when others see that beauty within us and point it out, we’re not sure what to do. Sometimes we find it hard to believe, sometimes we’re embarrassed, and sometimes we are able to smile and just be thankful.

We love this video by a high school student from Chicago who decided to record her classmates as part of a project where she was filming beauty.

How would you react in this situation?

At Collage, we believe that there is beauty and value in everyone. Often times though, we have a hard time seeing that beauty. Perhaps it’s buried under the rubble of past decisions or circumstances that life has handed us. But no matter how badly we’ve been broken and tarnished, the fact is, beauty remains, waiting to be uncovered. At Collage, we’ve experienced the restoration of beauty in our own lives, and that compels us to help others seek the beauty within them.

If you’re facing the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease, we’d love to help you create beauty from the unexpected.

There are 6 comments .

Shelby —

Hello, I have a boyfriend that is really dirty. What should I do?

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    CollageCenter

    Hi Shelby,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We’d love to help answer your question, but not sure exactly what you’re asking. Can you explain your situation just a little bit more?

    Thanks so much!

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      Shelby —

      My boyfriend is being very inappropriate. Someday I do not feel right. I do love him and he loves me but someday he goes over bored.

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        CollageCenter

        Thank you for the clarification Shelby. Wow! We’re so sorry to hear this has been happening for you. Even the best of relationships, ones built on trust and valuing one another can be difficult. Healthy relationships start by setting boundaries so that we don’t find ourselves dealing with the possible consequences (physically, emotionally, relationally and sometimes even spiritually) that result when we step outside of those boundaries.

        You shared that you and your boyfriend love each other. I would challenge you to consider what your love is based on (for both of you). Is it just a feeling based on a physical attraction and what the other person is willing to do or is it based on the value you see in one another? If someone truly loves and values you, they shouldn’t ask you to do things that you feel are inappropriate. Just some food for thought 🙂

        If it would help you at all to visit with someone further about this, we have centers in both Kearney and Grand Island. We’d be more than happy to be a listening ear for you. Feel free to give us a call.

        Thanks for sharing what’s on your heart Shelby.

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shelby —

He dose love me. we have bee dating for 10 mouths now. we do trust echther and he dose vale me. there is just some days it gets really bad.

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    CollageCenter

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve established trust in your relationship Shelby and that he does value you for the person you are.

    Again, if you’re close to one of our centers, feel free to give us a call if you’d like to confidentially talk through some of the things you are struggling with. We’d love to meet you and help in any way we can.

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