Chase it down, bring it home and be transformed with positive, healing energy.
One of the best parts of my job is meeting and writing about some amazing singular people. This week in Singular magazine, you’ll meet fashion designer Sue Wong, the Chinese immigrant who built a fashion empire by having the courage to pursue her dream and follow her bliss ― despite the pressure to conform to a more conventional life.
During my interview with Sue, she made me aware of something I had never considered: the importance of making a conscious effort to “play in the healing fields of beauty.” What that means is to create an environment, whether at work or at home, that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. And here I thought it was enough to pick up the clutter!
I think a lot of us who live alone have a tendency to think it doesn’t really matter ― no one will see it but us. As long as it’s reasonably clean, who cares? Well, according to what Sue Wong says, we should care because beauty (or the lack there of) can have a big impact on our mental and spiritual health. It isn’t something we just enjoy on a hike, or at an art museum or somewhere else that we rarely visit. We need beauty in the environment we live in everyday.
When I was growing up, my mom would leave the vacuum cleaner in the middle of the living room floor. If anyone happened to stop by unannounced, it was supposed to look like she was in the middle of doing housework ― that’s why everything was a mess. That vacuum cleaner would sit there for weeks on end and the only time we bothered to make things look nice was if company was coming over.
Some 30 years later, here was Sue Wong, sitting with me in her stunning home, telling me how wherever she goes, her first course of action is to make whatever adjustments are necessary to create a beautiful environment ― not to please others, but to please herself. What a revelation! I never considered that a visually pleasing work of living space could bring positive, healing energy into my life.
After our interview, I wanted to go home and immediately start working on transforming my own living space. To find out more about this, as well as to be inspired by an amazing story of what can transpire when you are true to yourself and have the courage to follow your dreams, be sure to read our feature story on singular Sue Wong.
As for me, I’m on my way to Bed, Bath and Beyond!
Copyright © Kim Calvert/2011 Singular Communications, LLC.