• Kathy Curtis

Beauty's superpower


In the slow, curvy waves of nature’s stunningly crafted design, the snake moves in the direction of its destiny. Driven by hunger, it seeks what it needs. Get in its way, and you might be sorry.


We humans are slaves to unique, and sometimes, irrational fears. For me, snakes fit that bill. I once moved to the desert of New Mexico to follow my 20-something dreams of being enchanted (The Land of Enchantment is their state motto, so yes, I’m irrational in other ways, too) and for weeks prior to the move, I had nightmares about rattlesnakes. They live there. They can kill you. And even though they announce their presence with an ominous rattle, I am hearing-impaired. Eek.


I moved there, anyway, and it was one of the most important things I’ve ever done. There are many reasons for that, but the biggest one is that I had never seen such beauty. Every single day, the sky, the mountains, the people, the art - and more - enchanted me.

Getting inspired

At the time, I was in a relationship that was going nowhere. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I was frustrated and depressed, and my future didn’t look very bright at all. But off the cliff I stepped, and in stepped more beauty than I had ever seen. It cracked me open, allowing in the teachers and perspectives that I sorely needed. To this day (decades later), I am still changed by what I saw, and I am still completely convinced that beauty brought me what I needed to live a more authentic and inspired life.


That’s why I say that beauty is a superpower.


But it gets better.


Observing beauty is healing. Creating beauty takes its power to a whole new level.


Creating your life - literally

For so many people, knowing who they are and what their passion is seems impossible to figure out. But talk to anyone who practices an art form, a craft, or a hobby, and they don’t struggle so much with those painful feelings. They have a steady outlet that expresses who they are and what their passion is. Even if no one ever sees what they do, they pursue it. It feeds them in ways nothing else can. And whether they would say this or not, what they’re doing is adding their own touch of beauty to the world.


It takes courage to create, which is why you should consider doing it.


It also exercises your mind.


It expands your capacity for understanding.


It lifts you to places that send a rush of dopamine to every cell in your body.


It teaches you patience, humility, honesty and oneness with something bigger than yourself.


And it tells you who you are, over and over, again.


Finding peace

The world has become a mighty distracting place, taking you further and further from the soothing voice of your own truth. That’s a good reason to find an outlet for it, so you can be in the constant presence of your real self, shutting out all that drama and noise.


Once in a while, what you create might be absolutely beautiful. The rest of the time, it’s just about you and your inner self generating hope. Gaining clarity. Finding peace.


Let me help you experiment with words as an outlet for your truest self. You will be amazed at the richness that lies quietly within you. And who knows, the words you write might lead you to understand more about who you are and what your life is really about.


Healing Haiku


It’s never too late.