Well, this would do splendidly…thanks, Pinterest!
“There should be at least a room, or some corner where no one will find you and disturb you or notice you. You should be able to to untether yourself from the world and set yourself free, loosing all the fine strings and strands of tension that bind you, by sight, by sound, by thought, to the presence of other men….
“Once you have found such a place, be content with it, and do not be disturbed if a good reason take you out of it. Love it, and return to it as soon as you can, and do not be too quick to change it for another.”
— Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
This is one of the few complaints I have about our new house…in our condo I carved out a corner of our bedroom, a nook by a window, that was all mine. It had my altar, my prayer things, some photos or mementos that rotated as I felt they needed to be, a candle, and a small vase for flowers. I could sit on a cushion in my nook and just…be. I could lock the door to our bedroom and claim some quiet space and time.
New house? No nook available..at least, not one I’ve found yet. It did take me 4-5 years in the old place to discover my first nook, so maybe one will be forthcoming. But for now – I’m always available, and always in the family space.
A working lock on our bedroom door would help, I suspect…
Oh, and I yoinked the above quote from Gretchen Rubin’s blog The Happiness Project. One of my fav’s – an almost daily check-in for me.