What is Beauty for?

What Is Beauty For?
I’ve been asking that question lately a lot.
Why is beauty so important to me?
Why do I wake up every morning and live for beauty?

This answered that for me today…..


American Poet Mary Oliver at Wellesley College: What Is Beauty For?

What is the value of beauty in our modern society? Why do we need it so much?

That is the great question, isn’t it? It raises our vibration. The universe could have been created ugly, and it would have functioned. And yet there is beauty everywhere in creation. Beauty gives us an ache, to be worthy of that creation.

What is your writing process?

If I go on a walk, and walk slower and slower, and then begin scribbling madly in my notebook, it was a good walk. Like any love affair, one has to show up. The angel will not sit on our shoulder unless there is something in our hand.

A poem from Mary Oliver,
whose philosophy is so simple —
kindness and attention to beauty
are its main principles.


Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude–
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in this broken world.
I beg of you,

do not walk by
without pausing
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something.
It could mean everything.
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
You must change your life.


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