Embracing the Beautiful Awful

I just listened to a podcast. A heartbreaking one about loss. The speaker, an artist whose mother was battling cancer, described the experience as “The Beautiful Awful.” What an amazing phrase.

It was about being in the moment — and not being concerned about keeping up appearances. It was about embracing the unfinished and taking value in what simply is. Because life isn’t perfect. And it may never will be.

So embrace the ugly. Find beauty in the moment even if it’s not the moment you want it to be. Embrace it for what is and what might be. For the lasting impression it will leave on you and for the better person you’re about to become.

And don’t be afraid to publish your first draft.


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