The print is of a lovely sentiment from Jack Kerouac: “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.”
Here it is framed and in the corner where I have my prosperity altar set up, which is off to the left of the photo.
I’ve been using this phrase as a touchstone I keep returning to. While it’s true I really do love so much about my life, I think this is a beautiful invitation to look even more deeply. And frankly that hasn’t been that hard these past few days where I’ve felt a bit wobbly. Too much winter, too much tiredness, and too much mess.
The mess is kind of driving me crazy. It’s actually part of the SoulSpace challenge I’m playing in, where we’re tackling our homes in an effort to have them totally reflect ourselves. This week we’ve been immersed in the discovery stage following our dreaming stage, and that’s been mostly delightful. But I’m also still working on the purging piece and that’s where some of the rub is. I came up with what I thought was an inspired idea for re-organizing paper stuff, and half way through I’m not only overwhelmed but realize this isn’t the fabulous solution I thought it was. Ugh! That’s never a wonderful feeling, particularly after you’ve invested a hefty chunk of time and effort.
But still, progress is being made. And while I certainly celebrate that, I’ve been conscious that I’m needing to tweak my attitude a bit as well. I went into this SoulSpace project knowing that while I wanted to put energy in refining my sanctuary, I wasn’t going to commit to huge expenditures as I’m certain we’ll be landing in a new perfect-for-us new space, and hopefully soon rather than later. But I have to admit to being surprised that even knowing my shifts were going to be smaller than most folks playing, I’ve caught myself feeling a number of times like what I’m doing is not enough. Whoa! When I start using something other than my heart compass as my direction giver I know I’m off track. And so there’s been a lot of paying attention and re-focusing. Rinse and repeat.
Last year I did a number of vision boards about my yet-to-manifest space and one of the quotes I found that deighted me was:
“I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” – Elsie De Wolfe
For me that really IS the essence of the SoulSpace project, and even more fundamentally my life. I think our lives should be beautiful creations and we should love every minute of them. Don’t you?