A couple of weeks ago, my friend Mike wrote this post about creating his family seal. It originated from a homework assignment that was given to his son but it really sparked something in my mind. My need to create went into overdrive and I spent many days thinking about the things that are most important to me and the things that would warrant space on my family shield.
What I thought would be a daunting task became relatively simple once I stripped away the trivial matters and whittled my thoughts down to the basics, getting in touch with the things that are at the core of my life, and coming up with this.
My family and friends will always be first. They are the anchor that hold me in my place. They keep me honest and that truth allows me to enjoy all of the other aspects of my day-to-day living.
My home, albeit small and in need of updating, is my castle, my sanctuary. Its walls are my defense shield and its roof, my shelter. In this home I allow the chef hidden inside to come out and create tasty and aesthetically pleasing meals, even though most days I cook for one.
After the kitchen has been cleaned of any signs of being inhabited, I sit down for a quiet evening filled with words. Whether I am ingesting words written by someone else or spewing forth words of my own, language envelops me and keeps me company in the waning hours of daylight.
During those evening hours I become lost in language, my puppy is ever-present. Her eyes watch my every move and if she falls behind in her duty, the owls and butterflies that frequent my landscapes remind me that my mother and father are still making sure that their past exists in my present and my future. And if life ever begins to get my down, I remember my dad always saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”.
I am thankful that I took the challenge to strip my life down to the basics, to really look inside myself and understand what are the most important things in my life.
If you were to take the same challenge, what would your family shield hold in its strong embrace?