Day 365: Something Beautiful—Shining a Light

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

It’s done. 365 days — a year of consciously looking for a thing of beauty every day. I’ve been close to but not perfectly consecutive. Some days have been harder than others—and some have been flat out like pulling teeth. I have learned that staying focused day after day takes an inner strength the likes of which can seem completely foreign even within a few days of seeing it clearly.

A small endeavor, but one which has lifted me and unexpectedly over 300 strangers who cared enough to subscribe and had never read my blog before this year’s initiative. I have been genuinely touched by the insights, encouragement, and gratitude you have shared.

Over the year, I have thought of the relief when I had reached my goal—when I had completed 365 days. But now that it’s done, I am more inclined to feel that it is something I should never stop doing. That this daily ritual shines a light on, if not a dark place, often a grey place. I have other writing I’d like to do, but for now, I am not ready to stop challenging myself to that task of finding something beautiful each day.

Thank you for the days you have been with me on this journey. I wish you beauty and the light it brings.

The National Grand Theatre of China.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 365: Something Beautiful—Shining a Light

  1. Maria says:

    I was a late follower and dreading your 365 picture of something beautiful. I’m glad to hear you are not ‘done’.

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