Be Alert to the Beauty in Life

By | January 10, 2023

[January 10, 2023]  Be alert!  Be alert and focused on the unexpected beauty in life.  If you want to overcome life’s murky and tragic nature, look into the darkness, especially when things are bad.  You have to look and see where things are still beautiful and where there is something that’s sustaining.

In this search for beauty, we may need to narrow our time frame and be grateful for what we have, which can get us through some very dark times.  Even if there is no beauty, then it is being alert itself that can get us through tragedy, and maybe it is at least not absolute hell.  You can do that.  In the worst situation, you can make it only tragic and not hell.  And there is a big gap between tragedy and hell.

“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” – Dante Alighieri

Nothing is worse on the deathbed than seeing the people there fighting.  Death is bad enough, as terrible as it is, but we can make it worse if we do not pay attention.  Yes, we can make something worse than death, but we can attempt to make terrible things less bad than they are, and then maybe we can tolerate those things we must put up with to exist.

By being alert to beauty, maybe we can make the world a better place, which is what we should be doing.  We can do it because we don’t have anything better to do.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I provide one article every day. My writings are influenced by great thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jung, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jean Piaget, Erich Neumann, and Jordan Peterson, whose insight and brilliance have gotten millions worldwide to think about improving ourselves. Thank you for reading my blog.

25 thoughts on “Be Alert to the Beauty in Life

    1. Pooch T.

      It is rare to find such a beautiful article about beauty. We want today to degrade our views of beauty. But beauty is not just about appearance. It is a symbol for good health, a positive attitude, and ability to reproduce healthy kids. It is more than just a magazine cover.

  1. Hiratio Algiers

    Another excellent article and one that takes on a big idea and in so little space. They study of beauty is something that I wish I had undertaken when I was younger.

    1. Dale Paul Fox

      Welcome to Gen. Satterfield’s blog where you can read the great articles and comment as you wish.

  2. American Girl

    Beauty is everywhere but not common. Look at beauty when you see it and know that it is rare and fleeting. Nothing better than having beauty in your sight and being able to appreciate it. Beauty is also in many things. You don’t need training or education to see and understand it. That is why it is beauty, just like great art.

    1. James Earl Samson

      Thank you, American Girl for writing what I was thinking and couldn’t put it into precise words. That is one of those skills I’m working on developing and by coming to this blog daily, I do believe I am improving. Have a great new year.

  3. Mr. T.J. Asper

    Wow, nice! I haven’t really words to describe how much this article hits home for me.

  4. Jo Ponte

    “Beauty awakens the soul to act.” – Dante Alighieri. There is deep meaning in this quote and while Gen. S. did not explain it, I think we should take note and not overlook the idea that “beauty” is more than just looks.

  5. Veronica Stillman

    Gen. Satterfield, thank you for raising beauty up as something to aim for.

    1. Joe the Aussie

      Right Veronica. That is why I’m such a fan of General Satterfield and his articles, but also this leadership forum that he has provided for us. Cheers!

  6. Max Foster

    One really positive thing and enlightening is that Gen. Satterfield points out those things we know to be true but so often cannot put words on it. I think that his ability to do that is fantastically productive. This allows me to also use those words and put into words what I think and do so that it makes sense. To just say “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” for example, is not good enough. Words matter. Words help us construct reality and that is what Gen. Satterfield is doing for us and I thank him for it.

  7. Nick Lighthouse

    “By being alert to beauty, maybe we can make the world a better place, which is what we should be doing. We can do it because we don’t have anything better to do.” – Gen. Satterfield. I was a bit surprised by the last sentence but after thinking about it, I believe Gen. Satterfield is saying that “being alert” keeps us strong and resilient and ready for whatever comes. That is how we protect ourselves, our family, community…. Nothing is more important. So be ready. Be prepared.

    1. Pen Q

      Hi Nick. Good comment and yes I do think you got the main message from this article. And the best quote from the short article.

        1. Desert Cactus

          Yeah, I am on board with that too. Be alert to beauty …. and never ever forget it.

  8. Jonnie the Bart

    There is no substitute for beauty. Beauty represents what is good in us and that is why we are so attracted to it.

  9. Jeff Blackwater

    Gen. Satterfield, pow, another short but powerful comment on those things we should be looking for in our lives and, not so obvious, is BEAUTY. I think if folks looked into your book “55 Rules for a good Life” they will find beauty there too. I’m a huge fan of yours too and hope you write another book soon.
    Your biggest fan,

  10. Laughing Monkey

    Gen. Satterfield did not disappoint with this short article. I would like for him to write more on beauty. There is something compelling about beauty and I cannot put it into words, maybe he can for us.

  11. Emma Archambeau

    Beautiful. Like so many, I noticed you used Sophia Loren as your model for beauty. Well done!

    1. Lynn Pitts

      Yes, a real woman who is real in every aspect and not telling us what the latest sexual fetish is on her mind like so many immature, spoiled child-adults in Hollywood today.

      1. Liz at Home

        Nailed it. I think those “Hollywood types” (and I use that term generically) are truly spoiled brats. Too bad no one would stand up with them and say “enough, let’s get on with your noble life”. Too many sycophants out there to help full us down.

      2. JT Patterson

        Well said, Lynn. Beauty is beauty, period. We know it when we see it and we don’t need training to see it.

    2. Janna Faulkner

      Yes, Emma, he used her image in an earlier article, as well. ❤❤❤❤❤ …. and properly so.


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