Lessons from life: Vincent Van Gogh and discovering beauty in the ordinary

There are lessons to be learnt in the ordinariness of our daily lives, if we are attentive enough to notice them.

Vincent Van Gogh discovered this in a pair of shoes. While living in Paris, he went through a phase of painting old shoes. He saw the beauty, the profound, in one of life’s most ordinary things.

Van Gogh, Pair of Shoes, 1886
Van Gogh, Pair of Shoes, 1886
In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent wrote,

“It is good to love as many things as one can… Poetry surrounds us everywhere.”

Van Gogh let his life tell a story that he could observe, learn from, and capture on canvas.

Can we turn down the noise and distraction of our own lives long enough to let the simplicity, the ordinariness of our own lives speak?

There’s so much to be learnt, discovered, and uncovered in the ordinariness of life.

If we would only stop long enough to listen.

Unplug long enough to listen.
Stop texting, scrolling, emailing, instagramming, long enough to listen.
Even just for a moment.

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