Have you ever had a religious experience in Marshalls? Like one of those moments when the angels sang, the violins played and you knew all was right with the world?
Yeah, me neither. Until last week.
I went to Marshalls to buy some picture frames.
As I was hunting for my looks-like-home frame, I stumbled upon the most beautiful bouquet of spring flowers.
They looked like something out of a magazine. Or a celebrity wedding. Or the backyard at Oprah’s house.
It was love at first glance.
I looked at these stunning flowers both in love and doubtful at the same time.
Then I remembered, I had once seen Nate Berkus on Oprah say that never should you ever have silk flowers in your home. It was a rule.
It is simply not done.
So there I was in Marshall’s torn between a moment of beauty and a rule.
And I had to choose.
Beauty or Nate.
Beauty or following a rule that someone I have never met has declared as a law of home design.
Someone I love, admire and think is super cool was saying no in my head.
While someone else I love (me!) was screaming yes! at the same time.
Expert or soul.
Beauty or Nate.
Flowers or Rules.
There I was having a divine turning point right in the middle of the home goods section in Marshall’s.
Before I could decide, I needed to visualize what the flowers could potentially look like on my dinner table at home. I grabbed the flowers, took them all the way to the furniture section and plopped them on a wood side table. A lovely shopper walked by and said, “beautiful!”
That lovely shopper was my sign!
The flowers were mine!
I took them home, put them on my dinner table and every day since I brought them home, they have made me smile. Every single time I look at them, I feel an infusion of beauty and joy that makes my soul smile.
So I have been thinking about these flowers and about the decisions we make in our lives and our marriages and wondering – how often are we listening to an “expert” in our head and ignoring the real expert in our heart that knows what’s right for us, what will make our heart sing and the absolute best choice for us to make.
I have been wondering what I may have said no to because someone said I should.
And I have decided that whenever faced with a choice between expert and soul, soul wins.
Beauty wins. The feeling that makes my heart sing wins. Even if everyone says no way, not ever.
Even if superstar home design guru Nate Berkus says no. It’s okay.
Because my heart says yes.
This week’s LoveWork –
IN THE COMMENTS: Name one thing in your home that always makes you smile.
AT HOME: Listen for when your heart is singing (or screaming) yes! Just listen and be on the look out for magical moments – even in Marshalls.
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