Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sacred Spaces




A lot of these won't mean anything to anyone but me. But each piece has a story. Each piece is part of what has made this life, my life. The beauty one packs around me every day, the things we decide to carry with us from one home to the next. Much of the time they can not be seen by others. You notice what really matters when you are taking pictures off the wall. You see the ones that strike at your heart to put into a box. Like a piece of you is being packed away. You wonder for their welfare as you think 'maybe this one will go in my car, and not in the moving van'. These sacred spaces... the spaces we make sacred... are really what make us human. Archaeologists dig up these things and make predictions on the future. I wonder what my house will say about me in 500 years?

“I've been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn't serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it. And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas, I'm not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it.” ~Jan Denise

Exactly.

5 comments:

Katie said...

I love the pic of you and Don, and the one of Alex & Cyan...so cute!!!

Sarah said...

Ahhh Val, those pictures caused me to pause as I scrolled very very slowly through them. I didn't know what you were going to say about them but I recognized each as a piece of you and your special places.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Sarah, That is why you are my best friend, my love. There are very few people that could picture all those spaces in my house and know what they are. :D

Val

PS Katie... That is my favorite picture of me and Don. :)

Sarah said...

Lovely post. I feel inspired to capture some of my sacred spaces. I hope your moving is going smoothly.

Goddard6 said...

I am glad you are making your new home your own. :) I have always found the unpacking new places for things harder than packing.