Investing in Beauty

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect of the Arts and Crafts Movement and designer of'Falling Water', the house designed in the late thirties over a waterfall. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Wright believed that a house should not simply be a place to live but should be a source of life and renewal of the spirit making life richer. The movement and Wright firmly believed a house should be enmeshed into its environment, blending harmoniously, and working withs surroundings instead of forcefully changed to fit some contrived and artificial form. His Prairie style desert dwelling is another example of this philosophy.

His words are a challenge to each of us to not simply allow our lives to be controlled by the necessary things but to add the special things that bring beauty to the eye, the ear, the hand, or the soul. We enhance our own lives, we contribute to the world around us, and we leave a legacy of beauty for others to seek to emulate in their own lives. Make some beauty in your world today and invest in the future.

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