When I was around 14 years of age, my destiny came to me. It was inscribed on a bookmark, tucked inside a book, wrapped as my birthday gift, and shipped from India all the way to Canada by a childhood friend. It read,
“Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.” By Richard Bach
I can still go back to the moment when I read those words in my dimly lit bedroom. I felt like I had fallen into a deep slumber for some years and this was an alarm waking me up. Something about those words felt so familiar, as if I had shipped them to myself in another lifetime.
After this, everyday, I started asking myself if I was being truly honest with myself. Every time I got lost, this one quote helped me find my way. It helped me grow in ways no other question could. And, because of this quote, I started collecting other quotes that rang true to me, like clues leading me back to myself.
So, it is because of this quote, I gained a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet someone like no other, the self.
Italy taught me the importance of beauty in human life. Beauty has the power to calm the mind and connect us to the present moment. We are less likely to feel agitated and violent in a calming, beautiful environment.
However, our idea of beauty has become corrupt overtime. Beauty is not what pageants and some businesses feed us. True beauty has little to do with comparison. There is a more beautiful side to beauty.
True beauty is grounded in love and care. It’s role in human life is to bring healing and harmony. This is why it is very impactful when we take care of the space around us.
As with the individuals in our lives, our space needs the same authentic connection when we clean it. A space cared for from a place of comparison will not have the same energy as a space cared for out of love.
As the designer, Nate Berkus once said that your home should rise up to greet you, it should ground you in a sense of peace.