In many of my posts I mention how I am a work in progress. I am on a constant journey toward becoming the best and happiest person I can be. Part of that process is reconnecting with things that make me happy. Years ago I began restoring furniture. I would find an old ratty, damaged piece and make it look brand new again. Sometimes I would re-purpose it into something entirely different, or I would simply restore it. I had such pride in the finished product and looked forward to my next project. The whole process was invigorating. I would search antique markets, thrift stores, and yard sales for the perfect piece, then I would plan what I would do with it. I took pleasure in selecting my tools, paint, fixture, and various accouterments to make the piece complete. I really threw myself into it. I would spend hours making it just right and I loved every minute of it. Some of the items I would give away as gifts and some I would keep for myself. Nonetheless, I felt a sense of accomplishment with the finished product. It was not only the act of creating something, but the entire experience. I used my time for something that fed my soul.
As I have mentioned in other posts, I went through a very challenging period a few years ago. I really disconnected at that time. I disconnected from my passions, friends, and myself. I stopped doing many of the things that made me happy. I stopped communicating and spending time with my friends because I was embarrassed by who I had become. I had become overweight, sad, and just not a pleasant person to be around. I had lost all motivation to live. I was merely existing.
Thankfully, I made it through that challenging period and I am continuing to reconnect with the things and the people I love. Recently, I reconnected with a very good friend who shares my interest in restoring furniture. Just seeing some of the things he’s done made me want to get back into restoring furniture too. I had collected several pieces that were just quietly waiting in my shed in the hopes they would eventually see the light of day. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out an old vanity that belonged to my great-great aunt. It was in okay condition, but required a lot of work. I gratefully welcomed the challenge. It wasn’t my best work as I have been out of practice for a while, but I was still very proud of it. There are a few more things I need to do to it, but I was so thrilled by the way it turned out I couldn’t wait to take a picture of the almost finished product.
Reconnecting with my hobby and my friend have had amazing results on my soul. Renewing the friendship has led me to reestablish other relationships and connect to the part of me that was truly living life.
I would like to challenge all of us to reconnect to some of the good people and things we may have disconnected from. As we reconnect, we may find even more food for our souls.