Inspiration! Roundup: Being a Helper, Straw Swarms, and So Much Beauty

A roundup of inspirational things: being a helper, straw swarms on the Isle of Man, and so many beautiful things. Let's put ourselves in the way of beauty.
This Week's "I want to go to there": I want to look at more things that are beautiful and free!
Photo by Sydney Severin.

Don't Look For Helpers, BE a Helper

You know that Mister Rogers quote people like to pass around in the bad times, that we should always look for the helpers? Well, this article makes a pretty strong argument that this advice was meant for children, not adults. Adults are supposed to BE the helpers. Let's step up, adults!

Bunches of Things on the Isle of Man

Thomas Jackson was invited to the Isle of Man to create work using human-made objects organized or clustered in the manner of animals and insects. Here is his straw swarm:

Beautiful and Heartbreaking

I get a lot of inspiration from Swiss Miss, a blogger who shares beautiful and interesting things. She recently shared that she has been slowing down in order to spend more time with her father, who is in the hospital, in this short post:

It’s been quiet on here. I realize. I spent the past few days with my dad in the hospital, in Switzerland, holding his hand and telling him over and over how much I love him. Wish I would have done that more often sooner. Maybe you can?

Also, what’s a word that describes both heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time?

Oof. Carry that one in your heart and then share it, am I right?


Speaking of loved ones getting old and passing on, this past week a friend posted the poem Epitaph by Merrit Malloy. Oh boy! It's another beautiful and heartbreaking piece!

When I die
Give what’s left of me away
To children
And old me that wait to die.

And if you need to cry,
Cry for your brother
Walking the street beside you.
And when you need me,
Put your arms
Around anyone
And give them
What you need to give to me.

I want to leave you something,
Something better
Than words
Or sounds.

Look for me
In the people I’ve known
Or loved,
And if you cannot give me away,
At least let me live on in your eyes
And not your mind.

You can love me most
By letting
Hands touch hands,
By letting bodies touch bodies,
And by letting go
Of children
That need to be free.

Love doesn’t die,
People do.
So, when all that’s left of me
Is love,
Give me away.

Why Beautiful Thing Make Us Happy

This video would probably be better suited for Friday's Learning! Roundup, but I quite love this exploration of why we love beautiful things. I love the fact that making functional things more beautiful actually makes us happier and healthier. This inspires me to want to put myself in the way of beauty more often.

Expanded Eye

First of all, the artwork of Expanded Eye, an art duo based out of London, is pretty great. Second, I love the boldness of this couple, getting these giant, beautiful, interconnected tattoos.

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