Ever consider how to organize your stationery, having everything together? Or, collecting your socks so you can find the color and texture that fits the day? How about storing your toilet paper so that fresh roll is reachable? When Life seems to be out of control, try using a basket!
Keep your change .. and FIND your CHANGE .. in a BASKET!
How many times does a basket of some sort or other catch your eye and your fingers when you’re shopping or just browsing? Baskets are intriguing: they may be simple or complex. Some even multi-task with several compartments for holding and separating.
In Seasonal changeovers we find that practice from early childhood ~ collecting like things together ~ a valued skill. A BASKET is often just the thing. When removing or bringing in new collections of things, putting them in a basket will help the transition. Usefully, these weavings vary in size and substance. They may be wood or wicker, plastic or metal.
You may want a basket for the look or for the function or both. You may use it for temporary or for permanent.
Look around you right now. How many do you have in use in your study, your kitchen, your abode? How many of these woven wonders do you own?
There is a problem with baskets: When you want one, it has to be of the right size, shape and strength for the purpose. So, if you are into baskets, you have to heap up your baskets. That creates a problem in itself: the storage of all those baskets! Enter the ubiquitous plastic containers! These in essence are modernized baskets. They serve similar function but lack the BEAUTY of a crafted basket. For some, pegs serve both to show off basket waiting to be filled and to keep them at the ready. Whether out of sight or out in the open, the problem warrants the solution.
The Autumn Season calls for baskets. Bringing in the harvest calls for baskets. Decorating our homes calls for baskets.
Even Childhood calls for baskets.
Reflection on the simple and the familiar brings welcome respite for my soul. With BEAUTY woven in, I am stirred let go of the tasks yet-to-do and embrace the moment. Although I may meet that moment with a sigh, I am learning to hug these moments with child-like exuberance. Maybe you, too, feel a stirring to let go and hug this present moment in the basket of your Heart. Only your Heart can tell you what to let go and what to hold.
See them, your BASKETS: Empty or full ~ these little and these large ~ let them serve you. May a new appreciation for the ministrations of THE SIMPLE BASKET be instilled in you. May you find yourself all at once stilled.