I am not a person that feels sad or depressed for long periods of time but this week I have not yet gotten over the fact that we had to turn the clocks back an hour last weekend.
My sister Elizabeth couldn’t sympathize. She looked at me blankly and said “I don’t even get up with the kids until 7:30 am and I love that they can play outside longer at night”.
However, I am a morning person and since it rains so much here, back in the day, before the time change was moved up two months I really loved waking up with the light earlier and earlier as Summer approached.
Terreeia wondered if I had SAD. She said I’m like this every March and she ran out and bought me one of those light therapy kits from Coscto. It’s still sitting in the plastic packaging? Do those things even work? I’m a little skeptical.
Irene arrived on Monday morning and chased me out of the office at around 11:00 am. I think it was because she got tired of looking at my sad face. She said “Go, get a latte and have a break, you work too much”.
So I walked into a bookstore and happened upon Nate Berkus’ book, The Things That Matter.
It’s fascinating. He tells the story of his life and about why you should create a home that tells your story. It really makes the title of the book meaningful.
“Each object tells a story and each story connects us to one another and to the world. The truth is, things matter. They have to. They’re what we live with and touch each and every day. They represent who we’ve seen, who we’ve loved, and where we hope to go next. They remind us of the good times and the rough patches, and everything in between that’s made us who we are.” Nate Berkus.
I thought about me and the things I have and noticed I don’t have a lot of old. And I realized that it’s not about the old as much as the reason why you love something, doesn’t matter what it is, or what it costs or where it’s from.
What matters to me?
The wonderful basket I have of toys filled to the overflowing in my living room that remind me of my sweet nephews who dump them when they come over to play.
The small grey ceramic elephant that sits in my bathroom window sill my mom made for me when she was in a ceramic, painting stage.
The candelabra I brought back from Paris on an end table in my living room reminding me that I need to go back there ASAP.
After reading this book, it’s still dark outside in the morning but when you really get clear about what matters, you realize the sun will rise and what matters is why I live in a rainforest. Because of my family. That’s what matters to me the most.
What matters to you?
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