I've written before about how the remodel of my home is such an excellent metaphor for the healing work I am doing on my body and soul, but it never ceases to amaze me how much I am learning as a result of the remodeling process. And the current state where I had to send much of my living room off to storage is a perfect example. I'm realizing that the openness of the space is extremely important to me and I'm not sure I even want most of that stuff back again (of course I'll have to deal with it somehow eventually!). The same is true with the noise level in my home. I used to feel that I could only sleep if I had music playing or that a quiet house was somehow a horrible mistake. But now, I find many days I don't even turn on my iPod or ballets or whatever until afternoon or even early evening and that it is ok to be by myself with nothing going on.
This concept is extremely new to me and so I am just starting to explore what it means, but part of this is realizing that no matter how wounded I may have been from a very early age, that I am healing and I am finding myself. I'm discovering the truth of the fact that each of us needs to be our own best friend, comfortable with our own company. We came into this world alone and will go out of it alone. Relationships come and go, but the only one you always have is yourself.
The process of discovering who I am and being content with that and knowing at a gut level and not just a head level that I am enough, as one author said recently in a talk I heard, is an exciting and terrifying process. I don't need a lot of things around me to stave off loneliness. First off, that doesn't work, and secondly it doesn't get to the root of the problem. Now that I've healed a lot anyway (more to go but that is always true I think), I am content and indeed many days prefer, my own company. So I find the clutter distracting and it gathers tons of dust which I am allergic to, etc. I think I shall take this golden opportunity of the remodel to rethink each of my possessions and evaluate anew which ones are really serving me and which ones I've moved on from. I am most grateful to the remodel for all but forcing me to face myself and in the process learn more about who I truly am. The excavation of Daphne continues!