It’s easy to fall victim to chasing things that boost our egos. Fashion, fast cars, awards, food that costs a fortune, money, popularity, homes, fame, expensive toys, press, exclusivity, etc. It’s not all inherently bad, but if I prioritize those things over people, character, generosity, respect, patience, grace, manners, and peoples experience of me, then I’ve ignored the qualities that made those things desirable to begin with.
For example, my work isn’t beautiful just because it’s there to be seen. It’s beautiful because of how and why I made it. My desire is that YOU smile when YOU see it everyday, and although some pieces are created to include an aim of interior synchronicity and beautification, my goal is not to impress your occasional houseguests. “God is in the details”, which to me means that effort and craftsmanship is appreciated and practiced in every moment. I’m not perfect 100% of the time, but I try to pull the curtain back a little to reveal and acknowledge peoples efforts and intentions as often as possible.
I’m grateful for a seamstress’s work on a tailored suit, I wipe every crumb off the counter after making toast, I tip every waiter well, and acknowledge all my contractors on a beautiful renovation.
I practice being respectful to everyone even if they don’t deserve it, not as a reflection on their character, but as a reflection of mine.