Time of rebirth

October 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

Cheryl Richardson — one of my favorite authors — recently posted an article called “Birthing the New: Make space for what’s next” and it was life-altering for me.  When given the choice, I have moved every two years for as long as I can remember.  This means that in my adult life, I’ve lived in over a dozen different homes and my teenage girls were already at six plus before starting high school.  The economic slump has forced me to stay put and I’ve struggled for three years now with the feeling of being “trapped” by my surroundings.

I’ve gotten through these times by re-arranging rooms and furniture and painting and ripping up carpets, but Cheryl’s article really hit the nail on the head.  It’s not about moving things around, it’s about making physical and energetic space.  It’s not about organizing or re-organizing, it’s about clearing the clutter.

Understanding that it’s not where I am, but what I have that’s the root of the trapped feeling is more freeing than I can explain.

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§ 2 Responses to Time of rebirth

  • Oh how I know that feeling. I grew up moving every few years and never felt roots. I traveled quite a bit during that time and believed I could easily live like a gypsy with no home. When my boys started elementary school I told myself I needed to stay put for them and bought a home, that needed a lot of work. I felt trapped in a short time, but knowing I needed to finish the remodeling to be able to sell the place made things worse. Then we lost everything in an electrical fire and I saw my children’s faces. We were home schooling by that time and we picked up and started moving around. I finally got tired and realized it wasn’t the place that I was trying to leave, it was none of the places offered me what I needed. What I realized I needed was nature around me. I found that and am happy staying put for the first time in my life.

  • Ah Nature — I haven’t tried that one! I tend to live in little boxes in planned subdivisions, but I do admit a view of something other than the backs of other houses might inspire me to stay put too!

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