Ok, so I never thought I would care to watch the royal wedding. I’m not one to follow celebrities, and I usually avoid any conversation about them at all… it’s just not my thing.
But when I woke up this morning I had a notification on my phone to watch the royal wedding live. I just swiped it away without a second thought and crawled back in bed because sleeping in sounded so much more appealing. Then after a few moments with my head under the sheets I thought, “Hey, I love going to weddings!” I rarely get the opportunity to attend them and well since my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail I thought why not check in on this one for a second. So… hours later my little one was begging me to get him some breakfast and I had woken up my girls to watch along with me. (Yes, WAY too much time on it!) It truly was beautiful. Not just the ceremony, flowers, the hats, her gown, bouquet, more hats… but everything about the event. I sat and listened to commentary once the ceremony was over. So much about this stirs up my heart.
Harry and Meghan met on a blind date. Only two years ago. They quickly fell for each other and their story is so sweet. But it also includes much adversity. They were facing new situations together. They dated on two different continents. From two different worlds. And once their relationship became public knowledge the whole world was watching. And as with anything private that becomes public, people began to voice their opinions. As I mentioned, I kept my distance with the information that was spreading. It didn’t really concern me so I had more important things to hold my attention.
So with the wedding I can say I am glad that I spared a couple hours of my lazy Saturday to view and learn a little about it. Because the beauty that I see coming from it is how the combination of both worlds created something so admirable and moving. The couple bypassed some of the traditions of both of their cultures to come together and share what the two considered to be a representation of who they were as individuals coming together as one. The bride walked in on her own, no father to give her away. She preceded her wedding party, opposite of American tradition. The two used the names by which they address each other, unlike the traditional vows using the given names. Meghan’s dress, makeup and jewelry were fairly simple yet beautiful and respectful, when they could have been over the top. And the two also chose to have any gifts go toward charity rather than to them. They pioneered something new, outside of the box. A bold step which always comes with criticism and often awe.
So thinking outside of the box, being bold, including diversity… these things have the potential of creating something beautiful. And so it is with redesign… make it your own! Love your space! Find the things that you love, that make sense, that stir up the passion in you and celebrate who you are and all that you love! Marry these things together because by no means is design an exact science. “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Expression 20 of Proverbs 24:3-4