“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic—the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”
- Charles de Lint
Yesterday, I found this little cocoon at the bottom of a tree I walk by almost everyday. Seemed strange that I'd never seen it before - but at this time of year, things have been edited down. There is an even greater pared down barrenness. This is when it's possible to see the most tenacious, the last of the hangers-on.
There's a post on Zen Habits titled, How Much is Enough? that I read after viewing the house this past weekend with our daughter Chloe, that is currently sitting atop the Art Gallery of Alberta. I can't tell you too much about the house other than I think the artist is Emily Luce. There was a little tag which said next to nothing about the installation. However, we did really enjoy inspecting it. There's a loft/bed, a tiny bathroom complete with shower. A kitchen sink. Lots of lovely tiny artworks and decorative items to look at. And a cozy red stool to sit upon. The house is on wheels, so you could take it with you wherever you like.
Asking yourself, what is enough? isn't made to make you feel guilty, but it's about paring life down to what you need physically, spiritually. If you love music, then you don't need to get rid of your iPod, or those things that comfort. It's about getting rid of the clutter so that you can enjoy those things that truly enhance your life.
I really liked where the house was situated - the backdrop of all these large buildings, which during the week are full of people working. Often to pay off huge mortgages. There was an interesting feeling of contentedness, that we all agreed upon having experienced when we were in the house.