Inspiration is Priceless
Earlier this year I was compelled to take a tour through Europe. I say compelled because I did something crazy to make it happen. I sold my car to accomplish it. It was a risk. A gamble, really. Would European travel even meet my high expectations? Would it be worth it?
I was privileged to stay in some of the most posh, high end hotels in Europe. What I learned was that age matters. In a totally good way. There is a sturdiness, a kind of dependability that invites comfort and relaxation. Nothing needs to be done, it just IS. Being surrounded by things that have stood the test of time somehow convinces the mind that all will be ok, that I too, will stand the test of time. Chipped edges, worn thin fabrics and a patina that grows more beautiful by wear are all part of the landscape.
Much of the charm stems from the fact that everything, every last detail was genuine. Here in America most of us have frequented theme parks, and while places like Disneyland and Silver Dollar City offer a treat for the imagination, everything you see is fake. Faux painting, make believe inhabitants, plastic logs and fake lands. In Venice my senses were overloaded. It was more spectacular than I had imagined, more magical than I had prepared for, and completely authentic.
I want my life and my home to be that way too. I will not be ashamed of my frayed edges or hide behind a fake smile. Reimagining life and home means I get to choose what it will look like.
Europe has marked my heart and my home and it has influenced what I want in the future. It cost me everything I had, but I have come to realize that in every area of life, fresh creativity is like oxygen and that inspiration is priceless.
What influences you?
Hotel Palazzo Abadessa, a "Period Residence", is over 500 years old. Two doge's came from this fine historic house. (A doge was the political and spiritual head or magistrate of Venice.) Original silks line the walls while venetian glass chandeliers illuminate renaissance masterpieces and original furnishings. We enjoyed a private balcony overlooking a quiet canal. Truly a remarkable place.
“Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.” — Viktor Frankl
New Home Sweet Home
So I moved to Redding. Call my crazy. 115 degree temperatures will not deter me. When God is all you have, you find out that God is all you need.