What are you drawn to these days? Have you noticed? Are you paying attention?
Here’s what I’ve been drawn to lately—meaning and symbolism. Understanding what things mean to me—past, current and future.
I’ve spent the past month or so paying close attention to what I feel drawn to—in books, aesthetics, colors, textures, clothes, spaces, websites. Just about everything in the physical realm. I’m staying curious and investigating. And to keep pace with my wandering attention, I’ve added a page to my website to highlight those items that have caught my eye.
I think those things that call to you, regardless of what they might be, have a rich message that’s custom-designed just for you. When we get those clues/hints, they are worth a second look. It’s your subconscious speaking—the unspoken words of your heart. And after we take the second look, a little contemplation is in order to discover why that that thing is appealing.
What does that item represent to you? How does it make you feel? What does it inspire in you? (For more about getting to your optimal feeling state and why it’s SO important, check out Danielle LaPorte’s work. She’s a master wordsmith/soul Sherpa.)
Everything in our spaces—our choice of clothes, the furniture in our homes or apartments, the accessories we wear, everything—is a metaphor for something. We’ve intentionally chosen these things that surround us, so why?
Look around your space or you closet right now and ask, “Why that?” Why was I drawn to that?” If it was a gift or something inherited, does it feel like you?
After you ask yourself your whys, listen for the answers. Because there’s always an answer to your “whys” when you take the time to ask.
Conversely, what are you feeling tired of? I’ll go to my own closet on this one.
I’ve noticed I’ve got a lot of fabulous clothes (and shoes) that I never seem to wear. Why is that? Why do I still keep them? I am not wearing them and they’re taking up space in my space. (Yep, you guessed it; there’s a purge about to happen.) In my case, a lot of my wardrobe isn’t well suited (no pun intended) to my current lifestyle. Much of it is classic New York. Black. Tailored.
My life right now is decidedly not classic New York. I think of my current style as denim-based creative. Surprising combinations emerge at times but they all feel like right. So maybe for me, the classic New York look is a way to hold on to what I subconsciously consider success? You see where I’m going with this. There’s room for exploration.
Open up on this idea. There’s a great little info stream right there when you do.
This is about lining up things that are right for you, right now. Your ability to make space for what you want rather than carrying things forward that have lost their meaning is critical to your peace of mind. (And yeah, there’s a metaphor there, too.)
And if you feel inspired, let me know what you uncover with this experiment.
I’ll be in my closet if you need me.
personal development and Equus coach, former Penn State journalism instructor and professional writer.