Functional is Fine. Is that true?

Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 12.53.14 PMI was speaking with a customer service rep on Godaddy last night; and we started talking about this blog.  She told me that she loves to look at shelter magazines and is inspired by beautiful images of well-put-together spaces; but for her, “functional is fine.  It’s just me and the dogs, and they don’t care about anything but their dog beds and food bowls.”

We talked about this for awhile, and I encouraged her to find some way to make her home uplifting and inspiring, even if it just meant going outside and bringing in something from nature to spruce up her kitchen table.

She lives in Arizona, so there won’t be colorful leaves or pumpkins for her to use at this time of year. So I suggested succulents. Succulents, rocks and sand are plentiful in the desert.

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After we got off the phone, though, it occurred to me that I missed an opportunity to talk about something deeper that she was revealing to me.  She said that if she could afford it, she’d hire a designer to ‘do it for’ her.  She doesn’t want to do “all that work” on her own.  We talked about how there are a lot of ways to change up what you look at every day without hiring a designer, and I mentioned the natural, free, things growing outside again. Then she remembered she had some things in her closet she could bring out and set up. A pumpkin for Halloween, for example. YES! If that makes you feel good, do it!

But, still, we didn’t talk about the core issue I came upon later.  She doesn’t value herself as much as she values her dogs.  “They don’t care”, she said.  Well, what about YOU?    Surely the dogs don’t need an inspiring environment. They need food, love, safety and comfort; and she’s right about their lack of concern for anything beyond that.  But she didn’t see that she does need something more.  And she doesn’t allow herself to believe she can have it.

So, my point here is that EVERYONE, every single human being, needs to have beauty in their lives. Some form of beauty. Because beauty in one’s outside landscape will remind them of the beauty of their inner landscape. And every human being has beauty in their soul. Imagine the change that would take place in the world if everyone saw themselves this way.

It doesn’t have to cost more than you can afford. Find a way to include something beautiful and/or meaningful in your home, just for you, today.

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2 comments on “Functional is Fine. Is that true?

  1. cschampagne on said:

    Hi Dominic,
    I understand what you’re saying about not really noticing the little things about your home until someone (or you) begin to make small changes. Thanks for letting me know your wife’s seasonal changes make a difference in your feelings – and on how you interact! That’s so important, and I’m so glad you’re experiencing and noticing those shifts.

  2. Before I got married I use to have the same mindset that “functional was fine”. However my wife likes to bring new life into our home for each change in the holidays. And even year round the little things that she does really does make a difference. It sets the tone for the room and I really think it has an influence on the way we feel and interact.

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