They say there are two ways to go through life, as if nothing is a miracle, and as if everything is a miracle. Now, perhaps not the right sentiments for agnostics.com, but there was just a post about how EVERY post seems to be about language. So, not a miracle in the supreme nonexistent being manner, but a miracle in the wonder of nature manner.
What is beautiful? Everything.
Sunrises. Sunsets. Stars. Bonfires. Trees. Overgrown grass littered with dandelions. The sound of crickets chirping in the night and birds singing in the morning. Ripe strawberries. Urban art in unexpected places. Bodies of water, big and small. The faces of my friends and loved ones. Uncontainable smiles. Flowers that still have their roots in the ground. So much beauty, and I find it everywhere whenever I take the time to notice it.
I love watching someone perform a kindness for someone they don't know and have no expectations of anything in return. That is beauty in a person.
I love hearing couples gushing what they love about each other, when reading their personally prepared wedding vows to each other, often surprising their mate with their notice of little details of their mate's personality quirks. I wish romantic couples would spend more energy reminding each other what they love about each other. That is beauty in romance.
BTW - I've heard many a beautiful sentiments by couples standing where you took this photo, when I used to perform weddings at Snoqualmie Falls! That is beauty in nature!
For me it is compasion. Watching people rescue others who can offer them nothing in return. The story of a woman who rescued a deformed bee. A man in france climbing a building to rescue a toddler dangling from a rail. The connection of living things to care for one another, which is made all the more beutiful the grater the desparity in size and power. Seeing a spider in my house and being afraid, but not letting that fear cost a life. Collecting the spider and letting it go outside. Why should that spiders life be any less important than mine? Size dose not matter. Strength does not matter. I can live my life and it can live it's life. It's not important if anyone knows, it just seems beutiful to me. So perhapse that is what I get in return.
"Beautiful" definition by dictionary.com.
having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind:
a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
excellent of its kind:
beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
Patience to explain things and communicate effectively; kindness in doing little things like making a cup of tea when you're frazzled; the ability to stand up for themselves in a respectful way; and a childlike ability to be interested in life.