the she-devil's in the details
Small details matter. They set the stage for your perspective - how you approach your day, your challenges, your life. They add up to form the motion picture that is your life. And if you don't care for the small details, you'll look back one day and wonder why you didn't do more and do it better.
Even more importantly, you'll wonder why you didn't enjoy it more.
If you've never stood in a museum in front of a beautiful painting, and zoomed your focus in on the individual brush strokes, imagining the artist's hand skillfully placing the brush exactly there with a color she deemed correct and tried to put yourself in her shoes for a few moments, I highly suggest it. Consider the other brush strokes, the feelings she must have had, her goals for the work. Only then, step back and view the painting as a whole again.
This is your life. A series of brush strokes on an unfinished canvas. And one day, you will step back and look at what you have made, and judge yourself warmly for having created the painting you wanted or question how your life ended up more like graffiti upon graffiti.
We can't visit museums every day, but we can certainly fill our skivvies drawer with works of art. By now, you know I'm not talking about cheap, mass-produced/mass-marketed knickers and bras made in sweatshops by underpaid seamstresses. I'm talking about high-quality, beautifully hand-crafted artisan undergarments like those made by Belgian atelier Marie Jo. Just spending a few moments admiring the intricacy and expertise that went into designing and producing these exquisite intimates reminds me of the importance of small details.
I aim to live my life purposefully, not accidentally. I want to choose my brush strokes and place them with intention - but that takes consistency, and I need reminders every now and then to turn my attention towards reflection. For me, a little lingerie can do just that.