By now you are probably thinking -"ummmmm, wait - I thought this was a design and decorating blog!?" The short answer to that is - Yes - it is. The long-ish answer to that is- Yes, - it totally is. For me, design and decorating is fundamentally a reflection of how I happen to process life; part of the whole puzzle-putting-together process while doing my best to not track mud into the house. People. Places. Things. Time. Food. Money. Weather. Pets. Events. (etc etc) = Color. Texture. Placement. Lighting. Furniture. Art. Style. Perspective. Scale. Form vs Function. (etc etc) My wishes for a Happy New Year to anyone who may take the time to stop by and read this. If I could, I would brew up some coffee and share it with ya while we chatted about life....and how you decorate yours. So instead, perhaps you'll feel inspired to share some thoughts here before heading elsewhere. I'll go put the coffee on.
by Yoko Ono
It was after the rain. I was looking out from my window. The buildings on the opposite side of the park were shining with a touch of pink in the evening light. There was a faint rainbow hanging in the park right in front of my eyes.
I said to myself “Wait a minute, an arch is a segment of a circle and usually it has a support underneath it. Is there a support for a rainbow like the fertile ground that supports the trees? Is there a part of a rainbow we’re not seeing? It could even be that a rainbow is a circle!”
Then a tiny voice said to me “Yes, a rainbow is a circle, and more. You are just shown an inkling of a rainbow. Just like the best of you think and communicate in shorthand, things are shown to you in little bits.
And you know why?” I heard myself say
“Why?” with an exclamation point.
A perfect silence is what came back. Only the park was shimmering in its full glow. The little voice started to whisper to me again, this time in what i call long hand. I kept writing it down as it came to me until it was about a hundred pages, and the sun started to rise from the window.
This is its first page. I hope it will be of some use to you.
Bless you for your anger for it is a sign of rising energy.
Direct not to your family, waste not on your enemy.
Transform the energy to versatility and it will bring prosperity
Bless you for your sorrow for it is a sign of vulnerability
Share not with your family, direct not to yourself.
Transform the energy to sympathy and it will bring you love.
Bless you for your greed for it is a sign of great capacity.
Direct not to your family. Direct not to the world.
Transform the energy to giving.
Give as much as you wish to take, and you will receive satisfaction
Bless you for your jealousy for it is a sign of empathy.
Direct not to your family, direct not to your friends.
Transform the energy to admiration and what you admire will become part of your life.
Bless you for your fear. For it is a sign of wisdom.
Do not hold yourself in fear.
Tranform the energy to flexibility and you will be free from what you fear.
Bless you for your poverty for it is a sign of great possibility
do not hold poverty in your mind.
Every drop of your generosity will come back in 10 fold.
Give as though you were a king, and you will receive a king's due.
Bless you for your search of direction for it is a sign of aspiration.
Transform the energy to receptivity and the direction will come to you
Bless you for the times you see evil.
Evil is energy mishandled and it feeds on your support.
Feed not and it will self-destruct.
Shed light and it will cease to be.
Bless you for the times you feel no love.
Open your heart to life anyway, and in time you will find love in you.
Bless you, bless you, bless you.
Bless you for what you are.
Remember you are loved.
Remember I love you.
from the sleevenotes of the album STARPEACE by Yoko Ono
images courtesy of flickr - credits listed in properties of each pic