Sometimes in the midst of all the hectic, day-to-day swell of appointments, notifications, and endless, unnecessary meetings, a moment of beauty presents itself. But more often, we must make a conscious choice to seek out beauty: going out of our way to walk down a beautiful street, deciding to duck into that little park, or curating a moment at home. Every story this week is about people who made the choice to seek out beauty in the face of the alternative. It’s a lesson to embrace as the vacations wind down and days begin to cool. We always have the choice.
So, here we go.
1. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
When their community was ravaged by AIDS in the 80s, a group of men decided to change the narrative and dedicate themselves to giving back to the community, in the process, creating understanding, providing charity where it was needed, and doing something truly remarkable.
2. Restoring Beauty
There’s something incredibly mediative about watching someone meticulously restore a work of art. The precision and artistry combine to create a process that is beautiful in and of itself. This video is simple — just a man restoring a painting, but it’s well worth the watch to see how beauty can be restored.
3. The Abandoned Architecture of Best
In the 1970s, one retail chain made a bold move, eschewing the same-same corporate architecture that dominates most retail chains and instead trying to create something fresh and new. What was emerged was distinctive, shocking, and fresh. I have to say — I wish more chains would take a cue from the bold thinking of Best stores.