When I began the process of selling my home several months ago, I asked a Realtor to come over and assess the situation. We talked marketing and the best time to list and then we walked around my house and he gave me ideas for “staging”.
“The lions on the front porch have to go. Take those pictures off your refrigerator. Replace that entrance rug with something more neutral.”
And then he stopped in his tracks at this framed quote on my wall- “Everything Belongs”.
“That’s nice” he said.
Everything Belongs. A quote from Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who advocates for living simply so that others might simply live. A reminder to me every time I walked from my kitchen to the front door that no matter what happens in my life, it all belongs.
This morning I am up early to do some last minute packing. I am having my coffee on the floor of my office. No desk. No chair. No potted blooming orchid.
The emptiness belongs.
The excitement of the next chapter. The heartache. The anticipation. The moist fragrant morning garden. The anxiety. The hopefulness. I take it all with me.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin stated it most eloquently: “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
The lessons learned in this beautiful home and the woman that I’ve become in the last 17 years- those things can never be left behind.
And tonight when I revisit my beautiful home in my dreams, I will remind myself. That life changes and the lessons continue and I take it all with me. And not one experience in life is out of step or out of sync with the other.
And the future is ripe for new experiences, new gardens to plant, new people to meet and new lessons to learn.
And in some unpredictable and unexpected way, it all belongs.