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 Isn't this a beautiful paperweight?

I was shopping for a Valentine's gift for my husband this evening when the beauty of this simple paperweight stopped me.

Beauty is what I needed today.  My mind has whirled around the track of worry and stress, stress and worry. I feel like a record that has been skipping for days, repeating the same lyrics over and over.

A little retail therapy is good for the soul. Actually, I don't go shopping much these days. The lack of time coupled with a lack of disposable income has kept me away.  But this evening I found myself wandering aroundWorld Market. 

I found my mind slowing down and savoring the moment as I  listened to wind chimes, sat on comfy sofas, and sniffed body creams that smelled of hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

The beauty of the paperweight caught my eye. The sentiment inscribed above the bird filled me with peace. I need a talisman at work. Something to sit on my desk within my eye's view. I need to caress the smooth glass or hold it for a moment and drink in the words. I need something to hold onto, to remind me of what matters, when the little things begin to pile up and become mountains.

So I bought it for myself. A Valentine for me, because as L'Oreal says, "I'm worth it."
Tomorrow I will place it on my desk and smile a secret smile each time I read these lines,

"Home is where your story begins."

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Annette, it's a beautiful

Annette, it's a beautiful paperweight indeed. The little bird looks like the sparrows that greet me at work. They always bring a smile to my face. I enjoyed reading your slow wanderings through the store, the smells, sounds, and sensations. It felt peaceful and relaxing.

Wonderful words to accompany you at work.

Have a nice Valentine's Day.