Last spring, our family got a terrifying call. Our best friends’ barbecue blew up and engulfed their whole house in flames. In one evening, their lives were turned upside down and their cats perished along with most of their personal belongings... but they had their dog and each other.
Tonight, our family took supper over to their new house, rebuilt on the foundations of their old one. They moved in this past weekend and are slowly trying to unpack what was restored, put away what people donated and see what is left to buy. Imagine starting over from scratch for every towel, every sheet... everything!
So we shared a meal in their new house which has echoes of all they loved best about the old one. Everything is new, everything gleams, but what trials and tribulations they had to go through to get them and get to this point.
The house is a wonderful blend of their unique colour sense and love of textures. They spent hours and hours pouring over every detail of their plans, took the time to select what they truly wanted and it showed. From the amazing bar of lights and crystal prisms over the dining room table to the incredible fold out coffee table where we will no doubt spend lots of time gathered to roll 20 sided dice.
I am SO glad to see them back where they belong.
INHALE: Creativity can sometimes be making something beautiful rise out of the ashes of disaster. When life throws its very worst at us, there are still moments when we can celebrate what IS going right or just keep putting one foot in front of the other until we move through the dark times and back out into the light.
EXHALE: Open your book and trace your foot onto the page. I had to put my foot on the diagonal to get it to fit properly and I decided to leave my socks on to just get a basic foot shape. Now, fill the shape of your foot with images, words, doodles, colours, scribbles, collage materials or anything that tempts you but move from DARK in the heel of the foot towards LIGHT in the toes. Our lives are a series of steps from tragedy to triumph, night to day, challenge to victory and darkness into light. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other!