Today, I’m writing with the Five Minute Friday community writing group, and this week’s word is Beauty. If you’d like to join in, the linkup is here.
We all like affirmation. We like to hear that what we’ve created is something good, whether it be delicious or beautiful or creative or amazing or pick any other positive adjective. I love to make food for people because I enjoy the process of creating and then sharing what I’ve made with those I care about. I love to write because I find it therapeutic and can make sense of the unbridled thoughts in my head. But, if I really get honest with myself, I’m also craving praise. If I made cupcakes or a cake, or a three-course meal for someone, I would have some seriously hurt feelings if I didn’t hear, “This is delicious,” or “This is the best thing I’ve ever tasted,” or “Wow.” Something along those lines. The same goes for my writing. I know that what I go through in life and then write about can resonate with people and perhaps help them through what I’ve gone through too. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check to see how many people have read what I’ve written, or if anyone “liked” it or commented. What we create is an extension of our God-given gifts, and will often go unrecognized. That’s okay. Beauty, after all, is more beautiful when it isn’t flaunted.