Work On Your Home

There's an entertaining home improvement show on TV that features a couple turning an old, abandoned school house into the future home for their family of nine. It's fittingly called "Home Work."

Not being a homeowner until I turned 50, I hadn't truly understood just how much goes into prevention, let alone fixing things that break down on their own timetable- not having the decency to coordinate said breakdowns with other appliances.

Of course, this blog is not about home repairing but rather human mending. Alive 'n Well recommends and advocates for any and all resources that help you physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. Your body and soul are the only ones you'll have; spend time working on your home.

Years ago, the poet Emily Dickinson was doing the same. She wrote, "I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.” I love that. In the darkness of the soul, she writes of getting out to go within.

There is a beautiful metaphor in a Rilke poem which lengthens Dickinson's thought: “Let this darkness be a bell tower,” he writes, “and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change.”

A friend of mine recently gifted me Evelyn Underhill's masterpiece on Mysticism. On a mid-teen birthday she commented: "Goodbye sixteen years old. I hope my mind will not grow tall to look down on things, but wide to embrace all sorts of things in the coming year."