Thursday, September 18, 2008

MOMENTS OF JOY
















Lately I have been thinking about ways to appreciate the material things in my life. I want to surround myself with things I really love or enjoy. Life is too short at this stage in my life, to be surrounded by things that I can't look at and say, "Oh, I love that". I have many spots in my home that need a change. They say we are never happy or joyful all the time. That life is composed of joyful or happy moments. I am missing some of those moments of joy.

I have some pretty things, but sometimes I feel they are more for show than for me. I want to love every piece of art, every painting and get rid of those that don't move me in some way. I am happy with my sculptures. I have a New England fisherman at the helm of his boat. This is a vintage piece and I love it. I love my seal sculpture too. I also like my prints in the living room and absolutly love my two Van Gogh and Renoir prints. They are framed beautifully and I smile everytime I look at them.

But, I have a beautiful painting in my bedroom, hanging over my long chest. I know it is a great painting. It is a beach scene with an old abandoned boat, but I just have never liked it. I bought it because it fit my color scheme and it had a theme I like. I need to find one I really love because I look at that painting every night before I go to bed. Sad, isn't it? I can fall asleep with a last look at a painting I love or one that I don't particularly like. I am missing that moment of joy. I do like this one hanging in my hallway. It was painted by a local artist and has a lot of thick texture. I love the cheerful colors too.














I had a friend once who had a red and purple bedroom. She loved that bedroom and I can't figure out how she was able to sleep with all that color but she loved it. That whole bedroom was a place of joy for her.

Frette linens which I love, are a little expensive for me but I really could do better in this department than the linens I have now. They are a little shabby. It makes me smile just to think about buying a joyful new color. Nice lightning is important and I only have one lamp in my bedroom that I dearly love. The other one is just filling space. I need to replace it with one that I love. I just forget about it most of the time. That is one spot I am missing that could make me smile.

Green plants are always a wonderful touch for any room but are especially nice in a bathroom. Do I have one in either bathroom? No, I don't. There is another place that could bring me joy but I have neglected it.

I don't put out those cutey guest things in the bathroom. They just collect dust and take up space. No guest ever uses them anyway. They wipe their hands on a corner of whatever towel is handy, the same way you do. LOL---For years I had those and then one day it dawned on me that they were just taking up valuable space. I now have something there that I love and use all the time. A little fish basket that I made from clay we dug up ourselves.













It holds all those little tubes of cream and moisturizer. So I did something right in that case. I smile when I see it because it reminds me of the day Billy dug that clay and how much he liked it when I showed it to him.

From now on, whatever I buy is really going to make me happy. None of these changes would be expensive and I dont know why I have not thought about it, until now. I will not settle for things as Blanche of "Streetcar Named Desire" would say, in the future. It is a waste of money to buy things, I don't love. Yes, it might mean I will have less but that is a good thing.

60 comments:

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

So true Eve! The material things I am the most fond of are not necessarily the most expensive. In fact, looking around, they probably have the least monetary value, but I value them in my heart. I've only recently learned to use "the good stuff" every day, be it soap, fine linens, or the china and crystal. No use saving it so that when we die, someone can sell it at a garage sale!

Me said...

I try to keep what is happiness and ditch what is not - but it is hard.

You are wise and sound like you understand how to make the decisions.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wonderful words of wisdom Eve. Thank you. blessings, marlene

CurtissAnn said...

I'm really learning deep down that less is more. :) Maybe there are times in our lives where this is our lesson-- to really know ourselves and what is right for us, to make our heart sing.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

You are so right, Eve. I have trouble letting go of things I don't really love because I am so conditioned to "make do". I think I am at a time in my life when I need to love it or get rid of it. Thanks for the nudge!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Thanks for visiting me Eve...hope you come back soon.

I loved the old abandon house post..
Penny

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