• kate-mackinnon

It's the Little Things That Count

Updated: May 7



Today we're all about your bed. And it starts with making it.


Being the time of year when seniors are graduating from high school and college, it's a good time to talk about the "little things that can change your life...and maybe the world." You may already know where I am going with this.


In 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy Retired, gave a commencement speech for the graduates of his Alma Mater, the University of Texas at Austin. He shared ten principles he learned from being a Navy Seal that has helped him throughout his career and life. As a result of the speech, he wrote the book "Make Your Bed -- Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World". This book has become one of my favorite graduation gifts. And guiding principles.


If you want to change the world, start with making your bed, or as Chapter One says, "Start Your Day with a Task Completed." I have found this to be true in my life. Times can be tough, like now, and sometimes we wonder how we can get through the day, let alone through tomorrow. We face indecision, we wake up in fear, and then we put our two feet on the ground. And against what seems like an inconsequential act, we make our bed. And put one foot in front of the other and start our day, knowing if we did nothing else today, we made our bed. That action alone, a day at a time, helps us move forward, helps our mind get focused, and gives us a sense of accomplishment. The first step of a routine, which is very important.


In Feng Shui, our bed is an essential part of our health and well-being. As we know getting enough sleep is important. Quality of sleep is important too. Our bed is the place where we rest and get restored at the end of the day. Having a good bed with a supportive mattress and solid frame and headboard attached (wooden recommended), will not only make a huge difference in your physical and mental well-being but in your day and being in the world.


Start each day by making your bed, and please share how it makes a difference in your day. I would love to hear from you. Everyday Feng Shui. It's all right here!


With love and blessings, Kate

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