In Abu Dhabi, Claude and I have been ever so fortunate to enjoy the Manarat Al Saadiyat, and its traveling exhibits from the British Museum, and to enjoy the Louvre-Abu Dhabi, a campus of the Louvre, Paris. The solitude and beauty of each are heady and wonderful.
I can sort of imagine the English poet John Keats, standing in a perfectly quiet room of the British Museum in London, observing a Greek urn. This young man, who died at 26 of tuberculosis, was moved by the engraving on the funerary urn and wrote,
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” ~ John Keats
Beauty is truth. Beauty captures us. We cannot get away.
I live in the world of orthodontics. Orthodontics is a beauty treatment.
“If there is a defect on the soul, it cannot be corrected on the face, but if there is a defect on the face and one corrects it, it can correct a soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau
Seeing beauty - of a smile, of art, of nature - holds each of us. We cannot get away. It connects us to the Universe.
Today, see the beauty in your day, in your world, around you.
Feel its joy.
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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