Last year I received a very precious gift for Valentines Day. My partner created a piece of art for me. Book art. It took him a long time and he taught himself from scratch thanks to the wonders of Pinterest! .
In my Sunday night question I asked 'What is your love language?' and in one of the comments someone asked me what mine was so I thought I would take a moment to share. I learnt about Love Languages from the fabulous book by Gary Chapman 'The 5 Love Languages'. To summaries they are:
- Receiving Gifts
- Quality Time
- Words of Affirmation
- Actions of Devotion
- Physical Touch
I don't feel I have a strong tendency to any one of these - they are all important to me, but if I had to pick, I think 'words of affirmation' would come at the top. I love learning, listening, reading - and I have a passion for books - physical, digital or audio!
This beautiful creation ticked so many boxes for me. As you'll see from the picture it is the word 'Love' folded into the pages of a book. It was something that the man who loves me spent time on - for me, and it is a gift that I can enjoy everyday. It has sat on the shelf by my bed for a year now and it makes me smile and feel that tingle of being loved every time I look at it.
This was at a time when we were living at different ends of the country and he had time available to do this - This year things are different we are closer together and the other languages of love were honoured - we spend time together, he cooked me dinner and snuggled up on the sofa to watch a movie. Which I loved just as much in a different way.
I think this illustrates how possessions can bring us joy. When I talk about minimalism many people think of austerity and lack. To me minimalism is about editing. Getting rid of the background noise so you can focus on and appreciate the things that you really love.
I have worked with many clients who have boxes of family treasures tucked away in lofts, or in the back of cupboards that never see the light of day in fear that they might get damaged. It always seems a waste to me, that something treasured should never be seen. I love to see the joy they get from making space for these special things by getting rid of the not so special things.
If you would like some help with making space for thing things that you really love, but just don't know where to start get in touch and we can have a chat about how I can support you.