I once heard a casual friend comment :
"Our homes are clean and clear....like our minds."
Oh gracious, were it only so easy. A beautiful sentiment, but even when my workspace is in order it is sometimes difficult to maintain a focused line
of thought in respect for certain creative works. I have known many artists who cannot paint, or write, or draw when they are in spaces that are "too
Conversely, I have had friends and acquaintances whose homes are very "lived in" and others whose homes are borderline hording chaospheres, and
somehow they manage either just wonderfully with regards to their works and endeavors.
It was once a very popular school of thought that a tidy and clean home was the only acceptable environment by which the measure of a woman could be
made, however, any woman in her right mind will tell you that while, yes - a tidy space is indeed desirable - it is not always possible, and
sometimes, even detrimental to more important matters.
I forget which psychologist is was who made the correlation and suggestion that one's possessions were akin to psychic anchors of a sort - material
constructs that correlated to internal ideas, and that the house and it's various rooms akin to another manifestation of the mind itself....may have
been Freud, but don't quote me on that.
Personally I have found that striking a workable balance between the mental, physical/tangible and spiritual has been the most productive when it
comes to caring for various considerations.....and each has their own way of finding that dynamic which works the best for them.
Like, right now....I know I could very well polish the silver and leathers, but....really....it's not the most pressing thing I need to focus on at
the moment. There was a time where I would become exceedingly stressed if I did not tend to those tasks as THEY dictated, and it's nice to be
returning to a more relaxed relationship in regards to care taking rather than obsessive slavery to tasks that are not immediate and pressing
As it was once said by another :
"Do not let yourself be ruled by your possessions."