Beautiful Mess

Tracey Clark challenged us by asking: “Is there a mess you might consider visiting today that when appreciated for what it really is, can be seen in a new light? It might be a challenge, that’s for sure, but if we’re trying to re-frame our lives, there’s no better place to start than our messes.”

Initially I looked at my sewing table that is covered with craft stuff and various items. It is a mess, for sure. Then I turned and looked at a different corner of my little world and saw this frog that my son gave me long ago.  It sits on the edge of a bookshelf that seems to be a messy place because it catches stuff that I don’t know what to do with. Frog looks as though he is guarding the shelf, staring at me with his beady little eyes.  

She’s right. If I am going to re-frame my life I have to start looking at what is… and see the beauty in it.  Here on the shelf is a bunch of stuff, some photos, a rock, a piece of art.  And behind what you see here there are a jar with burnt matches in it from when I light a candle, some pieces of fabric, a collage I made at Arti-Gras, and little pieces of Stuff.  A mess, but also a treasure trove…to me. 

The best part is Frog. From my boy. I think he was in college when he gave me this. You can have all the other stuff on my bookshelf…but not my Frog.

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