979.Let there be spaces in your togetherness. ~Kahlil Gibran

Our time here is magic!
It’s the only space
we have to realize whatever it is
that is beautiful,
whatever is true,
whatever is great,
whatever has potential,
whatever is rare,
whatever is unique.
~Ben Okri

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By the time my widowed mother entered her 90’s, it was becoming apparent that her days of living alone in a large home were drawing quickly to an end. And eventually she came to that awareness on her own. Since she hated the idea of going to a nursing home or one of those places for seniors, James and I offered to build onto our house so she could live with us. Shortly thereafter she put her house up for sale and a private bathroom, laundry room, and bedroom/sitting room was being added to our home. It took all summer to complete the project, and then after she moved into her new quarters, it was only five months later that she passed away. I thought perhaps, James would want to turn the area into a new master bedroom for the two of us, but he said he wanted me to have it as a studio for my craft and photography projects as well as for my computer where I write and edit my photos. So I bought some new furniture, et voilà, “Natalieworld” as I call in came into being. I love it out here as it has two windows that look out onto my garden as well as French doors that open out onto my own little patio and the rest of the yard.

It has been said that we all have a personal space, an area with invisible boundaries surrounding our bodies into which intruders may not come. I also think we have a need for a kind of private personal space–a little time away, a little time out from one another. And for me, my personal space is a sacred space which reflects my passions and treasures. It’s also a refuge where for a time I can turn my back on the world’s madness, and it is a shelter that contains, cuddles, refreshes and stimulates me. It contain elements of beauty, faith, family, friends, serenity, mystery–all the things that “pour moi” possess a timeless, magical quality. I cherish it dearly and believe that even the Lord has a space of His own.

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. ~Job 26:7   ✝

**the images in the collage are from Natalieworld, my own sacred space. If it had not been another cloudy rainy day, I wouldn’t have had to use the flash on my camera and the photos would have been better. I’m sorry that the biggest one has such a huge and glaring white spot at the top.I tried but I couldn’t edit it out without taking more out of the photo than I wanted.

29 thoughts on “979.Let there be spaces in your togetherness. ~Kahlil Gibran

  1. I love your sacred space! 💖🌟. I have never owned any property so I have had to let my heart be my only sacred space. But one day I want to have a tiny old cottage by the sea and let my outside reflect my inside. Inspiring, Natalie! 💖. And how kind and thoughtful of your husband! 💖

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    • Thank you, Carol. What a lovely comment. My sacred space inspires me and lifts me up when I am down. I should have added that to my post.
      I pray you have a wonderful week, my friend. I enjoyed your post tonight. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  2. oh I’m loving Natalie’s world and would love such a world of my own—I love seeing the epicenter of the brains of Forth Worth…!!! here this little art teacher has no creative space and you the language teacher bask in a mecca of creativity–that’s it, it’s official…I’m packing my bags—I’ll be there in the morning 🙂

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    • Oh, I’d love for you to come. I have two recliners out here and two desk chairs, and I’d be glad to share. This is the first time I’ve ever had a real space of my own too. James gave it to me because he said my “stuff” was spreading like a virus all over the house. So now I can spread all I want.
      Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  3. I wonder if your mother visits you there sometimes. I hardly noticed the white spot, because I was drawn to the other cool stuff there in your space. Hey, maybe your mother is in that white spot. Just sayin…

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  4. I love it! Much tidier and more appealing than my man cave/home office. One day when I don’t need to work anymore I will remove the filing cabinets and convert the office into something that looks just a little less like a work space and more like a sacred place.

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    • Thanks, David. But just so you don’t get the idea that it always looks quite that tidy, I cleaned and straightened everything up before I took the photo.
      I tend to be a bit of a clutter bunny, but sacred spaces don’t have to be pristine, I hope. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  5. Ohhhhh wow. You are so lucky. I would so love to have a ‘Staciworld’. I do have a space for art and stuff, but it’s shared with my laundry machine. Natalieworld looks lovely, with fresh flowers (of course) and all. It looks like we have the same desktop. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your world with us, and yes I agree. We all need that time, that space that’s just for us. I know I do.
    Hugs and love.
    🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you, Wendy. How sweet of you, and you are so welcome. James said my “stuff” was spreading like a virus and taking over the entire house so I think it was a self-defense kind of decision on his part. It is and has been such a blessing. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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