I was leafing through Jonathan Adler's fabulously effervescent book - My Prescription For Anti-Depressive Living - when it suddenly occurred to me that his witty philosophy on interiors could be applied to the inner workings of any enterprise you care to mention. Indulge me, if you will.
The very best ideas have difficult births - if you'll excuse the pun! Contrary to popular belief, failure in any worthwhile endeavour is necessary.
It is illuminating.
Suddenly everything seems clearer and you are propelled to greater heights as a result. A wise man once said, "If you haven't failed, you're not doing it right." and I heartily agree with him.
Be true to that which burns brightly within you. Trends and fads come and go but the things that make you intrinsically you are not only invaluable but should be nurtured, celebrated and exploited for the one-ups that they truly are.
The brass rollerskate above is one of my favourite possessions, much to the consternation of many. It is meant to be a doorstop but it often moonlights as a bookend, tchotchke or a fun reminder that being me - and doing things in my own kooky way - is good enough.
Treat yourself to some good, old-fashioned silliness.
Jump around like a loon to some music, roll around in the grass with your kids or borrow your neighbour's.
The key is to have more fun and inspiration will spring forth effortlessly. I remind myself regularly that playing hard at work (rather than working hard at it) produces far better results - and a sunny disposition.
Do you have any fun or insightful tips to share? I'd love to hear them!