Around this time of the year, there is a lot of pressure on us to feel good, to be happy, and to look like a mannequin with a smile permanently in place. Consider it all a part of the holiday effect. Thanksgiving has come and gone, but we are not in clear…not quite yet, which is why you will see so many articles shared on Facebook or Twitter about discovering your passion and living a life you love. Look now, if you’d like. Just go on Google and type in passion, life, and love and a whole slew of articles will pop up. One such article, courtesy of Tiny Buddha, is entitled, “8 Ways to Discover Your Passion and Live a Life You Love” and it opens up with a Howard Thurman quote: “Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
This is an inspiring quote. Put your best foot forward and make through this life still kicking. You might be wondering why a furniture repair and refurnishing company in Brooklyn is talking about discovering your passion and living a life you love. Well, in other words, what this season is concerned with is getting a new lease on life, barreling through the New Year like a vigorous cannonball with a renewed purpose – what does that sound like? It sounds like upholstery to us. In a way, discovering your passion and living a life you love is as if you are upholstering yourself. Your life and the life of your furniture are worth fighting for – just like your life, that piece of furniture has a passion all it’s own.
Boston Magazine writes, “Whether it’s your great aunt’s forgotten sofa or a divine (albeit tattered) wingback chair salvaged from SOWA – furniture that was constructed well is worth fighting for. OK, maybe not worth fighting for in the literal sense. But, great furniture is worth investing in a proper re-upholstery job. After all, solid vintage items built back when expert carpentry was the norm can last longer than a lifetime, if restored back into the stunning showpieces they really are.”
‘The showpieces they really are…” Sounds like how life coaches encourage us to be the showpieces we really are, doesn’t it? We can learn a lot from the process of upholstery; we can apply it to our own lives. That Boston Magazine article shows before and after photos of various pieces of furniture, including a wingback chair, a leggy barrel back chair, a vintage red sofa, a tight back claw foot lounger, and more. Zimman’s, the nationally known home décor and fabric destination located in Lynn, did the upholstery work. These pieces of furniture are, according to Boston Magazine, “great chairs and couches saved by Zimman’s and the owners who loved them enough to make them shine again.”
That, perhaps, is the heart of the matter: making pieces of furniture shine again. At Howard’s Upholstery, we take great pride in working with the shine and believe that this is the perfect time of the year to get a jumpstart on that. What do you think? Can you upholster your life? Let us know in the comments below.