"Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you."
Not long ago, I read a post on The Happiness Project about creating your own preference card, like a surgeon or a celebrity diva does to ensure that they are set to do their best work. Gretchen suggested that we mere mortals try it as well; figuring out the environment that makes us happy and productive, and creating it ourselves. It doesn't matter how frivolous or silly your preferences are. It's just you. What you like.
So what would my preference card say?
- Everything in its place.
- Pretty decor.
- Surrounded by books.
- A chair that doesn't swivel.
- Soft music with lyrics.
- Filtered (alkaline) water.
- Fresh flowers in a vase.
It may seem a little materialistic but, as Gretchen observes, what it does is instigate 'mindfulness', the Buddhist practice of being aware. In this case, awareness of the kind of milieu that equips us to be at our most prolific, and intuitively crafting it, wherever we are. Maya Angelou says that when we know better, we do better. I think that the better we know ourselves, the more we shine.
And you? What makes you flourish?