“I hope I’m a little more open to receiving from a place
than simply imposing my will on it.” – Christie Purifoy
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Finding my place. Creating my place. Giving and receiving from a place. Recently, I finished reading Christie Purifoy’s Book, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace. It is a beautiful book of places, places that Christie created and places that helped create her.
It got me thinking of people I know who create physical space so naturally. I have a few people that I thought of immediately as I read through this book. Those who move in and see the place as their own and get right to adding their touches. It is so welcoming and feels as if you know who they are by walking into their place.
I have other friends I thought of who create beautiful outdoor space, not in a frivolous way, but they not only take back the land to have a garden to have food and flowers, but they make it beautiful. It is so inviting. I just want to wander the space they have created.
As much as I love my homes, and I love nature, as I was reading I had an ache that made me wish I was a person that could create places of comfort, beauty, and peace like my friends. The physical environment feels awkward at times to me, but then the more I read, the more I thought of each place that I have had the privilege of living in, and the people I have had the privilege to get to know, and I was reminded that my placemaking looks different.
I am slowly learning how to add beauty to my exterior environment, and have accepted that gardening is not my forte, but that does not make me any less of a placemaker. Placemaking is about relationships. For me it is creating a place of beauty, comfort and peace as I connect. It is helping people relax enough to feel comfortable to connect on a deeper level. It is laughter and tea. It is tissues and tears. It is diving deep into someone’s heart, and I am learning, it is also allowing others to diver deeper into mine.