Behold the Beholder Revisited

Windy wave action, Sea of Cortez
Windy wave action, Sea of Cortez

We have all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? Is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. As beholders, we view beauty in countless ways. Other names for beholder are eyewitness, observer, viewer, spectator and watcher; all, by the way, actions that are passive in nature. Because this blog shares my perspective on…leisure, life and work, let’s look at beauty from a leisure point-of-view.

Football is here and most of us are spectators of NFL Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and ?? (seem to be adding days each year!). While it may not be easy to behold the beauty of pro football, taking a moment to watch these amazing athletes perform acrobatic skills while catching a long pass is a thing of beauty. So if you are stuck in front of the TV spectating a football game with your significant other football fan, try to see the beauty of athleticism. And, hey, some of those new uniforms are very colorful 🙂

Many of us are lucky to travel, whether close to home or abroad. Travelling and tourism is an active leisure pursuit and observing the beauty of a new city, landscape, or new neighborhood park is an expected outcome. Often, as we behold a breathtaking landscape, we take photos and place the best ones as our wallpaper on phones and computer screens (at least I do). These images remind us of the time when we observed something beautiful and can instantly transport us back to the time when and where the photo was taken.

In our everyday lives, we can appreciate beauty in our surroundings, whether it’s an impeccably landscaped garden, a random rose blooming near our neighbor’s corner, or your future dream car driving by. As beholders, we choose what is beautiful and catalog it away for future reference to remind us of how beautiful the world can be.

Today, as you walk to your car, to your work, school, etc, stop for a second and behold something that may catch your eye and look for the beauty in that moment.

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