This advice from a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949 was recently shared on Facebook. It was scorned for being sexist, and there were comments such as “it must have been written by a man!” and “did women really use to do this sort of thing?!”
But, if we look deeper into the words perhaps there is some wisdom we can learn from them.
I work from home and before I start work I always make sure that the house is clean, the dishes done, and that I am clean and tidy. I don’t do it for anyone else – I do it for me. It makes a nice environment to work in, plus I don’t have to worry about people dropping by, as they occasionally do. I’ll often also light my lavender Yankee candle and enjoy the soothing aroma as I prepare to start work. I’ll be relaxed and my mind will be clear and more open to new ideas.
It’s the small things that make you feel invincible and ready to face another day.
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” – Jill Bolte Taylor.
Self-care is one of the most wonderful things you can learn. You are far more likely to be able to concentrate, and able to cope with what life throws at you when your house is clean and tidy, you’ve had plenty of sleep, and you’ve fuelled your body with healthy food.
Imagine that feeling you get when you go to bed at night in a tidy room with freshly washed sheets.
“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, colour, sounds, and work that nourish you.” – Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (Sark).
Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.