Make Your Bed

In 2018, Admiral William McRaven spoke in Charleston and I had the honor of sitting a mere ten or so feet away from him. Though intimidating in stature, he had pure kindness in his eyes and demeanor. The retired admiral spoke of being a Navy SEAL and of commanding the Bin Laden raid, but the majority of his speech were teachings from his book, “Make Your Bed: The Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World.”

He spoke of simple truths and techniques that anyone can adapt to to change themselves, and the world, for the better. He begins with making your bed saying that accomplishing this task starts your day off with a feeling of pride. That then encourages you to do another task and then another. He goes on to say that even if the day hasn’t been so great, at least you come home to a made bed and the encouragement that brings to remind you tomorrow can be better.

At the time, Admiral McRaven was recovering from severe anemia likely caused by a chronic form of leukemia. Twice during his speech, he lost his place. The second time, the polished, noble, and admirable Admiral teared up, bit his lower lip as he searched the paper in front of him, found his place again and continued with less vigor in his voice, but still great honor. To me, the moving part of the evening was the humanness he showed. This larger than life man showed weakness, humility and being real. He didn't feel great; his medications had him off, he hadn't been speaking as often. He was human. And he was truly a man to admire and look up to that night for being just that. “So if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed...the little things in life matter.”

In love and light always, 


 ~ room design @emilyruddo


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