When I envision transition I always conjure my own version of the tectonic plate theory in motion.
Sometimes, it creates calamity and other times nothing happens at all and there’s calm.
My gut reaction to change is resistance even before I really know what it is or what it’ll mean.
But lately I’ve had experiences that allow me to see sometimes transition is the moment offering you peace if you accept it.
It’s extending you the space to reflect and choose in a purposeful way.
Swaggy J and I have been in a state of flux in our physical space while we were getting our floor finished. It’s not really taken that much actual work time but coordinating the schedules of three people can be a trick.
In hindsight, however, it was a blessing. I’ve had 30 days to live in my space with less — less furniture, less clutter, less what seemed like convenience at first.
And you know what?
It was no big deal.
Now after all this time we currently have a sofa and a lamp in our great room.
I almost dread the idea of filling the room with furniture again.
During this month, we had time to realize that we didn’t miss the TV and it was far too heavy to maneuver it back in, so we donated it. (Don’t worry, we still have TVs in our home)
I still have a sofa, a chair, dining table and chairs living elsewhere, mostly my garage. Except for the table at meal times, I don’t miss any of it.
I love the open space, the way air moves through. I love that there isn’t a TV readily calling for our mindless attention. I can’t even remember the last thing I watched on TV.
Now if only we could whittle down our daily technology diet we’d be getting somewhere.
Yesterday, I hosted guided relaxation at my house for family and I’m happy the space was open. Who knows maybe, as Swaggy J suggested, we’ll dump the furniture and instead buy bean bag chairs.
This process has been slow enough that it gave me time to consider what I want in my space instead of blindly putting it all back, which I undoubtedly would have if it had been completed in a weekend.
Transition can be calm, create calm or offer calm.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G