As human beings, we worry about everything – it’s the nature of the beast! As kids, we’re anxious about leaving our mother’s hands, coz what if we get lost among the numerous aisles and momma leaves us behind? Or that fear of going to school – do you remember the sheer desperation of that first day at school when you cried yourself to a stupor? Or the avoidance of a head bath in case that omniscient monster carried us away or no, no, never, what if an elder sibling dunked us in the tub?! Later we worried about acne and not being popular at school, or not being able to find that ‘hot’ date! Remember that fear of not being able to land that plum job that would enable a certain standard of living and pay back college tuition loans as well? And much later, we worried that if we didn’t keep up to a particular standard, our spouse would leave us, or that our children would be born minus a toe or finger. And an enormous threat today – we could lose our jobs if we aren’t super smart!
Many decades ago, George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you’re happy or not.” There you have it folks, in a nutshell! The motions of life – waking up to a packed day should have us excited, ‘Yes, I’m going to do the best I can today, and even If I fail, well, there was nothing more to be done.’ Be thoughtful, yes, not be a worrywart! I’m sure if we’re given a chance, we’d be those guys in ‘Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ –
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
Catchy, isn’t it? Michael Jordan, the basketball superstar, once revealed the secret of a worry-free and fruitful career: “There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?”
Being worried doesn’t mean one makes a move toward the positive. It is often seen as an excuse to stay stuck in an unhealthy groove. So, let’s agree to move on from our worries, and instead, spare a thought on the best option to apply. Stop asking, ‘what if?’ and instead say, ‘what I’m going to do is….considering x, y, z.’
Recycle garbage – even if you live in a little flat, you could get a compost bin and recycle organic kitchen waste to make to make fertile soil, enough to grow a few potted herbs and an evergreen or two.
Don’t hoard – get maximum use out of your crockery/utensils/cutlery. Have a garage sale when you want a change. Likewise with clothes and shoes – I have a fashionista aunt who uses her clothes, shoes and bags only for the season, after which she has this garage sale to dispose of them before moving on to her next wardrobe overkill! But she doesn’t have crowded wardrobes, and she has money left over from her sale to invest in some of the designer stuff she’s so fond of.
Be sensible – don’t buy printed upholstery when you have printed rugs already. Jeez, what a clash that would be! But lots of people don’t even think of such things.
Allow your windows to decorate your walls – rather than go for ambiguous paintings and artwork, let your windows do the talking! Even the most uninteresting of views can be framed to lend a principal focus to a room. A friend lives in one of those grotty studio apartments in what is quite literally a Brooklyn alley, with a view of gross graffiti on the wall of the building opposite. Being the smart cookie that he is, he had his walls painted white, with upholstered furniture in a funky blue and yellow print, a yellow rug for the floor and matching blue, blackout honeycomb shades for his windows. He had them fitted inside his window frames, with sidetracks that cut down on light seepage when he pulls them closed. The TDBU or top-down, bottom-up shades feature that allows him to lower the shade from the top during the day so that some light streams in while affording him the privacy he craves. The graffiti now looks interesting, and sort of matches the funky print on his upholstery. Being a night owl, he often sleeps late into the day, hence the Blackout Slumber Cellular Shades. And check this out – it even dulls the racket he often gets as a result of fights in the ‘hood. And to give his room a nice homely feel, he’s teamed the shades with buttery yellow sheer curtains suspended from light-colored wooden curtain rod, mounted outside his window frames.
Increase the energy efficiency and safety of your home – he draws the sheers across when his windows are raised for some much needed ventilation, though he plans to install an HRV (heat recovery ventilator), which purportedly pulls in fresh air while at the same time exhausting stale indoor air, in addition to being able to transfer heat from the warm indoor air to the incoming fresh air. Power load and consumption reduced in one stroke! But he’s already using remote controlled operations for his shades in synchronization with his lighting – the advantage of this system is that he doesn’t need to open and close his shades according to lighting requirements. The shades are auto-timed to open/close at his choice of the hour, and powers on/off lighting depending on the light intensity outside. This also makes for security requirements when he’s not at home, cutting down on instances of petty theft! And that’s the beauty of forethought – Slumber Cellular Shades from Comfortex has bought the guy much needed peace of mind – enhanced decor, security, relaxed sleep, and energy saving all rolled into one. Don’t worry, be happy!