Hello There! I’m digging my way through the huge amount of stuff I’ve got to do, and yesterday we finally got to put up our Christmas tree. Later that evening I read a thought provoking post by Maria Killam over on her blog “Colour me Happy“. She talks about being a prosfessional decorator and her own Christmas tree, and wonders whether her Christmas tree is a reflection of herself. What got her thinking about it was this quote she heard at a seminar once:
The way you do Anything is the way you do Everything.
This post got me thinking about blogging and the meaning of life (because of course, they are interconnected!) I’ve been struggling a bit of late, because there are so many things I want to do, and I can’t seem to get them all done. I’m a visual artist, I’m very influenced by what I see, and I want to recreate my own visions, whether they’re art, neatly organized closets, decorated rooms or skilfully coded websites. Sometimes this constant influx of pretty pretty pretty can be too much – “how can these people do it ALL?” I wail!
Umm…I think they don’t…by themselves. It takes a village to do just about everything. I know this, and yet I forget it, time after time. So, after reading Maria’s tale of her less than perfect Christmas tree, I felt a bit better! Her post is filled with all these beautiful trees, so skillfully put together with coordinating ornaments, garland and lights. These are gorgeous – but they’re not MY family tree. As we were all decorating it yesterday, each of my boys had several comments about the memory of a particular ornament (not finding the Baby Jesus made from a peanut and toilet paper roll cause the little one 15 seconds of panic until it was unearthed!) 30 quickly taken pictures resulted in this half-way decent one, and I was not going to push it any further:
- It’s large, so it can hold lots of memories
- It’s colorful
- It smells great (evoking more memories)
- It was a product of the people who mean the most to me
Is this tree a work of art? No. Is the picture stunning? No. Is it a product of me and my little family? Yes!
I know that some friends and family members scratch their heads and wonder why I do so much…and yet so many times when I compare myself to this blog-o-sphere I feel that I never do enough. My life never looks like THOSE pictures…if you know what I mean. (Ah, found another excellent take on this, here’s a post from the blog “A Commonplace Life” that talks about this subject more eloquently than I). I think I needed the reminder, once again, that we all have help, some more than others, and that some of those most excellent crafty bloggers are blogging as a full time job. So, thanks Maria, yes I think my tree is me!
Lest you think I’m not working on any decorations at all, here’s a peek: