If you guys have been following my home decor adventures, you know there is very little that makes me happier than a well-priced cloche or perfect throw pillow. That’s why, when I saw this round brass mirror at Target, I knew I had to have it.
And then there’s the issue of wanting to stay married. I had been spending so much on decorating our apartment, I really thought this mirror might give my CPA husband a heart event.
Haha – I’m kidding. He truly does appreciate what I do to keep the house looking nice. My own spending conscience set in, and I thought I might pull the brakes for a moment. I knew at SOME point I’d buy it – but I figured I’d space out the expenses.
Still, every time I went to Target, that mirror CALLED to me. We stared longingly at each other. I fantasized about how amazing it would look hanging just next to the sliding glass door and just above our arm chair. I mused over the light it would inevitably reflect into our apartment.
You see, I lack patience. When I want something, I want it YESTERDAY. If I know that I’ve made up my mind (and sometimes, even when I haven’t), I want all of the pieces moving into place. I KNEW it was the mirror for me, and I hated having to wait for it.
And then you know what happened? It went on sale.
THE HEAVENS OPENED and the mirror WENT ON SALE. Want to know how much I wound up spending on it? $40. YES. $40! Not only did I have my mirror, I also capitalized on a savings opportunity that would have made my grandma do a happy dance.
As much as I love telling you stories about home decor, this anecdote has very little to do with a mirror and everything to do with timing. I know what it’s like to have a vision. I also know what it’s like to be consumed with impatience waiting for that vision to manifest. Nothing deflates me more than feeling stagnant. I’m energized by progress and movement, and patience is not my strong point.
Despite my hurried demeanor, I’ve seen how patience and persistence have paid off in my life. I’ve worked HORRIBLE jobs that have paid off in ways I could have never imagined at the time. I persisted, and I waiting, knowing that my time was an investment. In the case of the mirror, my time LITERALLY was an investment – when the timing was right, I saved money, and I KNEW it was the perfect time to buy the mirror.
Resist the urge to RUSH things into place. Fight the feelings of disappointment when things don’t happen on your time. Persevere, knowing that persistence pays off, and anything worth doing is worth doing well. Patience is something we can all stand to have a bit more of. Wanted to end with this:
Even if you can’t see it microscopically, you’ve made progress macroscopically. And you should be proud.
… now shop this dress!!