keeping perspective: Mother Teresa and interior decorating

For the past ten days I have posted about keeping perspective and maintaining balance in the high-end world of design. You may well ask why statistics about world poverty would show up on a site about staging and design; it does seem a bit incongruous.

 What seems even more incongruous is buying a $1000 designer faucet for an already functional sink when 22,000 children die every day from the effects of poverty. In some parts of the world $1000 is more than enough to build an entire house.

 The preceding ten posts describe my journey in design and lay down the foundation and the philosophy of Working Class. The point of the posts is to keep perspective, to not compartmentalize our lives, to be aware that we share the planet with billions of others, to prioritize what is most important, to be thankful for what we have, and to know there are many options, alternatives, and approaches to creating home.

 It’s okay to want the high-end, nickel plated, designer faucet as long as we remember to give thanks that we even have a sink…when millions do not.

 Is it acceptable to actually purchase the designer faucet? That’s a choice each individual must make for themselves.  

It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”                                                                                                                                   Mother Teresa



“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.  Give thanks for your food and the joy of living.  If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”                                                     Tecumseh

 To those not living a story-book life and who are alone or sick, depressed or lonely on this day of home, family, and plenty, prayers, thoughts, and blessings go with you! You are not alone.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”                                                                                                                                                         Desmond Tutu



2 responses to “keeping perspective: Mother Teresa and interior decorating

  1. I would toast to that! Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Thank you for the voice of compassionate perspective. May we all share out of our poverty and wealth until none of us go hungry and we all have a place to call home. Happy Thanksgiving


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