How to Stay Soft in a Harsh World, 01:
Make your nightstand (or some chair, spot on the floor) excessively pretty, the kind of pretty that isn't perfect, that hints at your certain sort of self-ordained beauty. And so your first and final waking moments of any given day are very nicely met. You may try...
~ A pile of books (so you may lose yourself in other worlds when this one's too much). Here's what I'm reading now...
~ Fresh flowers (the filler ones, the baby's breath & carnations will do just fine -- so you may realize in spite of things, there is beauty all about).
~ Perfume (so you may make the world a bit more lovely with a tiny frivolity).
~ A good lamp (so you may brighten the dark spots).