This past week I had some fun mountain days with friends. We enjoyed good food, great laughter, story telling, soaking in magnificent views, and - shopping unique studios and galleries. Nothing I haven't done before - possibly 100 times.
So what made this time different? Apart from the fact that these women were interested in everything, could change course on a flexible dime, and there wasn't a critic among them. What was different was me. I now look at life through a different lens than the one I used years ago.
Years ago, my thoughts would have been; Do you really need it? Where in the world will you wear that? That's a weird sculpture. A charcuterie for dinner? Not exactly a meal is it? My mind was always on budget, need, sensible outcomes, and usefulness. Not to mention self adopted guilt for spending on what seemed frivolous .
Over the years my budget and my mind have expanded a bit. Keeping budget in mind is still important, although now I ask: Do you love it? Make it yours. Will it add joy to your life? Does it make you smile? Does the craftsmanship amaze you? Can you afford it? Go for it. And my still must have a reason mind adds - after all, you are helping the maker, plus you get to enjoy and share.
Tiny clay bird, or exquisite glass vessel, we will never regret making time and space for what helps our hearts sing.
And, perhaps more than anything else, that includes space and time for friends.
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