Some people like to decorate. Some people don’t. Or at least they think they don’t …
Remember when we used to decorate lockers for a high school football game or decorate a car for a fourth of July parade? I used to decorate my notebooks and textbooks with doodles and musings. (C’mon girls, admit it – – you used to write your name with your boyfriend’s last name just to see what it looked like. I don’t know what, if any, the guy equivalent might be – – any insights fellas? Maniacal laughter?)
When it comes time for a party my niece LOVES to decorate. She plans and purchases (with adult help). She cuts, colors, and creates. She keeps a theme and usually there is something taped to the ceiling that ends up staying there long after the party has come and gone.
I have a friend in Interior Design whose work has made the pages of Architectural Digest and Texas Monthly. His holiday and birthday parties are meticulously gorgeous! Decorating is in his bones, he can’t help it. He’s made a career out of it and he is more than successful. He is thriving and living a juicy life!
Stores decorate for the holidays. Homes explode with green and red for Christmas. Gift bags are now available ready-to-go with paper spilling out and twirly ribbons. Stationary is no longer a note, it is a visual experience.
We all decorate our outer selves every day by…getting up, choosing clothes, applying make-up, jewelry, or cologne. Sports jerseys, nail polish, make-up, even a man’s freshly shaved face are all decorations.
We spend a lot of time taking care of these outer decorations.
Consider what it might look like to decorate your life. Not on the outside, but deep within. What kind of doodles would you draw there? What kinds of colors do you need to surround your inner thoughts, feelings, and dreams? Will there be places of lines and order and graphs? Will there be textures and patterns?
If all of us are honest, grey tones can cloud those inner needs. Some of our ideas may start with a stick figure and a little ‘thought cloud’ over their head. Today, I encourage you to pick up your markers, whip out the scissors for a color paper collage, or get your camera ready to go hunt for colorful images. It won’t take all day. 15 minutes will do.
Let’s decorate and perk up your soul.
Go! Have fun decorating your inner life~