Back when I was a new wife and mother, I also contemplated a career change: from journalism to interior decorating. In pusuit of my new goal, I stumbled upon the inestimable interior designer and author Alexandra Stoddard in my travels through the book stacks at the local library.
One of her suggestions was to pop a vase of flowers in your fridge.
Imagine opening your fridge and seeing it. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
"Grace notes," Stoddard defines further in a book of the same name,
remind us that it is ofetn the little things, the small revelations, that make a great deal of difference in handling dissappointment, frustration and loss. They help us celebrate moments of joy by enabling us to unearth the underlying goodness of things.
For me, grace notes can simply be a little spot of beauty I find to share in the normal drudgery of the day to day.