So todays thoughts are about a favorite subject – the stories of our lives. Those of you who have been following me for years now (wow- talk about time passages!) will know and recognize that I am fascinated by this. As I often say, life is made up of stories, and we all have our own. They are as individual as our fingerprints. Some are snippets, some are pages, some are chapters, and the collective is a big involved library of thick (?) books. Using that analogy, just how heavy do you think your book(s) should be? I am assuming the story books of an adult here-not a child whom we can only hope has a very light, happy, story that is just beginning. Should ones collection be a tad heavy, because we all know life does indeed have its knocks? Or is heaviness just all the negative we accumulate in our lifetimes? What if we could create a lightness and a timelessness to our “personal libraries ” What would that look like?
I think perhaps, our books would then be in colors of happiness (which I suppose means whatever your favorite colors are) …. Our books would still have the good, the bad and the ugly of our lives for we all have all three parts. What if we would be able to clearly see the lessons we were to learn from all the parts? Hopefully, we could see personal growth. We may see our life connections, or maybe jigs and jags of our paths. I like to think that in our personal libraries are maps as well! …In my imagination this is what my personal library room may look like. I see all the books (and maps) in a wonderful somewhat traditional library like room. Big cushy leather chairs, big windows, wonderful natural light, soft colors, some type of gorgeous desk, and fabulous built-ins of shelf upon shelf. In my mind’s eye most of the volumes of books are indeed on the shelves BUT some, many (?) are magically also floating all around the room. They are not in the way, just sort of happy wisps of air that happens to have a chapter or a map attached. Those would the present “chapters/maps/journeys” I am paying attention to, or should be! It’s a calm quiet room, fabulous music is in the background at times, other times it is totally quiet with just my thoughts, and my “life books.” Ok, so now that I have shared what my library looks like-how about yours? You can use the comments section on the actual website, or just email me. I truly do want to know!
I wanted to end this post with a library quote, this is the one I chose. Yes, I know they are talking about brick and mortar libraries – just open up you mind and transfer those words to your own inner library.
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and to contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better” – Sidney Sheldon
The web page I found the quote on is full of beautiful (mostly public libraries) and many other nice quotes as well! http://www.buzzfeed.com/wordsbydan/28-quotes-about-libraries-on-photos-of-beautiful-l-b6bd