|Once a Very Fine Home, I'm Sure|
We have plenty of depressing surroundings in our own "backyard" and they do distress me. But I guess we get so used to them, on some level, that they no longer form a strong Gestalt. In someone else's "backyard" I notice more acutely the blight of rotting cast-offs that ruin the countryside.
I need not post too many photos: we've all seen it, if not in our own "backyards" then on "Hoarders" and "American Pickers" and "Storage Wars".
Even watching those shows can cause me the same kind of anxiety as I am feeling after several days of seeing trash and "collectibles" up close and personal.
That is why I have tried to keep the blog on the positive side during our trip. I posted photos of Pearl Fryer's Topiary Gardens - a delight in an otherwise uninteresting travel event.
In these environs, Leon and I begin to question if we are not, in fact, "abnormal" because we like a clean and somewhat orderly home, a yard free of rusty cars, rotten boats and no longer functioning machinery.
There is a Zen quality to simplicity and order that promotes peace, tranquility and motivation.
We discard, as responsibly as possible, those things that are discardable and bring other, still useful items to Goodwill if they are in the way or no longer being used. We are not exactly minimalists, but that is an ideal I could aspire to. We are not great decorators but we try within our means.
To see people living amongst the utter chaos of their accumulated possessions, many of which are damaged or rejected and many of which were purchased on the suggestion of slick TV advertising and not worth the plastic they are made of - usually by people who live from hand to mouth - makes me both sad and anxious.
Even more disturbing is seeing people who do not take care of (or actually abuse) useful or necessary things that often cost good money: cars, boats, home appliances, furniture, plumbing, roofs, foundations, doors and windows. How does one prioritize buying another, new, flat screen TV...
To ease my anxiety I search out something of beauty and order.
|Pastoral Scene, Devoid of Trash|
|It Is Possible to Maintain Order and Beauty |
It is amazing how a botanical garden or a row of neat picnic tables can give me a sense of calm and inner peace.
|How An "Empty" Space Conveys Order and Peacefulness|
By the way "Chicken Bog" is not a town in South Carolina. It is a regional dish made with boiled and deboned chicken, smoked sausage or bacon, vegetables and rice.