Let’s say you have just received this amazing work of art as a gift. Let’s say it’s a painting that was done by your 5-year-old niece whom you completely adore. Her color choices are profound and her imagination proves compelling as you stare at the lines and squiggles that bring a broad smile to your face. Or maybe it’s a beautiful portrait of your family. A breathtaking black and white photograph that was years in the making. It took months to coordinate everyone’s schedules to come together. It was the perfect day with the perfect light and the perfect photographer. It was perfect. Amazing pieces of art that must be protected. And so you find the perfect frame.
The perfect custom frame job.
There are multiple definitions of the word “frame.” The noun is defined as a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc. and a rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and generally used as a major support in building or engineering works, machinery, furniture, etc. The verb is to form or make, as by fitting and uniting parts together; or to contrive, devise, or compose, as a plan, law, or poem; or (my favorite) to conceive or imagine, as an idea. Then there is what is called the “Archaic” definition which is to prepare, attempt, give promise, or manage to do something. This is where we begin with our custom frame job… of our day.
The Blank Canvas
Every day we are given a blank canvas upon which we can create our day’s masterpiece. With textures and tones and hues that bring joy to ourselves and to those around us. With every action, another line is drawn. With every spoken word, another splash of color. With every smile or hug or kiss, another brush stroke becomes visible brilliance.
Some of the most gorgeous work is a direct result of taking care of ourselves. By fueling our bodies with foods that are all of the colors that are reflected on our canvas. Greens and reds and yellows. The lush and vibrant colors that only nature can provide. By working our bodies with walking or running or dancing. Filling our lungs with clean air and bring a rosiness to our cheeks that could rival the pink of the pinkest gardenia in the garden.
Taking action at the start of the day frames the rest of the day. If you begin your day with a smile as the alarm goes off (rather than a grunt, a sigh and a smack of the snooze button)… If you rise and quickly dress and lace up your athletic shoes to go for a brisk morning walk as you hit the power button on the coffee machine (rather than jump on the computer to find out what happened on Facebook while you were asleep)… If you sit for 10 minutes and eat a healthy breakfast (rather than grabbing a donut at the morning meeting or having nothing at all)… If you begin your masterpiece as soon as possible, you have prepared the canvas for more and more and more beautiful images throughout the day.
The Breakfast Portrait
A panel discussion during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2012 Annual Meeting & Food Expo disclosed that research exists that shows about 18 percent of Americans older than age 2 regularly skip breakfast and, because of this, are missing out on key nutrients. While those who eat breakfast tend to get about 17 percent of their daily calories from breakfast as well as a significant portion of their daily recommend intake of several key nutrients, such as Vitamin D (58 percent), Vitamin B12 (42 percent) and Vitamin A (41 percent). Further, studies show that those who skip breakfast tend to consume 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soft drinks, 45 percent fewer vegetables and 30 percent less fruit than people who eat breakfast. (Source: Science Daily, 2012).
The Morning Exercise Mosaic
One study of overweight women between the ages of 50 to 75 showed that those who engaged in consistent morning exercise (about four hours a week) slept better than those who exercised less. The evening exercisers had more trouble falling asleep – even if they fit in the four hours a week. Cedric Bryant, PhD and chief exercise physiologist of the American Council on Exercise, explains that it is possible that by exercising in the morning — instead of evening – the exercise affects the body’s circadian rhythm (your internal body clock) so you get better-quality sleep. Good sleep helps control the hormonal balance that helps control appetite. (Source: WebMD)
We, ourselves are unique, priceless, irreplaceable works of art. We are on display daily to those around us – our family, our coworkers, our friends. We can be bold. We can be majestic. We can be stunning. We can be anything. We need to value ourselves. We need to recognize our beauty.
Every day it’s up to you to paint a masterpiece… and every day it’s up to you to also design that perfect custom frame job to protect that heart-stirring work of art.