Monday, April 21, 2008

Forgotten Friends

(This posting was first published here in April 2008. From time to time you will see a repeat of my previous writings.)

"No furniture so charming as books." -Rev. Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Not long after organizing the "Serenity Room" I realized something was missing. The journals were all there, my favorite Cd's were stored in decorative boxes, there were fresh flowers in the room, the scented candles were lit. So what had I forgotten? Of course! Books! My favorite books were still in bookshelves around the house waiting for me to remember them. Not wanting to create chaos and disarray within the peaceful space, I ask my husband to install a shelf in the windows on each side of the bed. Perfect!! Armfuls of books were carried and placed in their rightful spot. Harmony and balance were soon established.

A few weeks later I picked up a book on Feng Shui. I wanted to know more about health, harmony, and happiness. As you know, I would never turn down good advice, but to my surprise and disappointment the book advised it's readers to keep books out of the bedroom. According to the author, books have a tendency to disrupt sleep and serenity. My feelings were just the opposite. Books give me a sense of warm coziness, comfort and well-being. It has always been that way, even as a child. So as you might imagine, I continue to keep those old friends in the room surrounding me.

Happy reading to all of you!!

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

1 comment:

Linda Reznicek said...

I agree--the favorite room for everyone in our home is the one with our books, fireplace, music and close to the food. If our house was only this room, it would be big enough. Everyone congregates here--and for us, it's where we recharge. We don't allow television here--and our children have thanked us for it. Feng shui is over-rated.