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Seasons of simplicity

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by Carmella

Some call it simplicity; they call it life. Former interior designer Carmella Rayone pens an assorted narrative on living with less in their 665 square foot home in the foothills of Wyoming’s mountains at assortmentblog.com.

The flame flickered and waved at the top of the beeswax taper. The pewter candlestick held it steady there at the corner of my desk where I could see its golden glow as I burned the midnight oil.

Not that I needed any candlelight. The lamp was on, that one that hangs above my desk there in the writing nook. It lit this bit of studio space just fine, giving off plenty of light to see this project through.

But the candle? It was there, with its quiet illumination, its responsive flame, its wax dripping down, all of it together reminding me of my mooring to simplicity – even there in the middle of the deadline, the intense, the transitional push. There, in the middle of the night. Especially there.

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Simplicity isn’t always about those lazy days full of long, slanted sunbeams, or those cozy nights with toes slipped between soft sheets. It’s not always hanks of time draped voluptuously over an armchair, or spoonsful of golden honey stirred into endless cups of tea. It isn’t always the meandering path or the quiet pool.

Simplicity is so much more.

It’s taking up a purpose in its season, and pouring yourself out for it. In the language of seed time and harvest, you exhaust the long hours with less sleep and more awake – drawing, writing, building, giving, planting more than you ever thought you could. The sandy eyes and the weary body speak loud the story of the sleepless times.

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But then, finally, surrounded by the deep folds of night, you’re swept away in a rush of intensity, and the pulsing ardor in this certain intimacy with life ultimately delivers something far beyond you. And suddenly, what was invisible, now delightfully is. And you get to hold the harvest, full of substance, in your hands.

And soon, the season changes once again, the deep rest comes, and the fervent flow once again becomes an ebb.

This is simplicity.

In which season of simplicity do you find yourself right now?

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  1. These words are true and beautiful. I find my often creatively-frustrated self in an intense season of taking care of small children. I long for time to myself and am melancholy at how fast my little people are growing up in equal measure.

    • Though we are somehow past the little guy stage, I still find that each stage has its challenges for creativity. I’m so grateful for those small pockets of time when by one word, one line, one stroke, one stitch at a time, something is created. And the occasional longer stretch of open time is decadent, indeed.

    • Though we are now past the little guy stage, I’ve found that each stage has its challenges for creativity. I’m ever so thankful for those pockets of time (5 minutes?) when one word, one line, one stroke, one stitch, one thought is done.

  2. Uncanny how similar my post is to yours today!

  3. This post resonated with me today right down to my soul. My husband and I moved to a little sheep and alpaca farm a year ago. We are learning to provide much of our own things from nature and enjoy just sitting in the sun and watching the sheep graze and the alpacas raise their graceful necks. This is the season of planting the gardens and shearing the alpacas and birthing the babies. For us, this is simplicity.

  4. Wow! You always amaze me Carmella with how eloquently your thoughts flow into words. I need to be reminded that it’s okay to simplify; that we will find more in choosing to have less. A beautiful post and what a treat to have two to read today!

    • And the back story to this is: I sat in the dim light of the writing nook
      FOREVER, barely able to keep my eyes open, thinking, “What in the WORLD am I going to write?” I’ve ever reminded that the writing has nothing to do with me really… I’m just a plunker of the keys.

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    rachel horwitz says:

    It is getting harder and harder to find that simplicity you speak of. Your thoughts help.

  6. Everything about this paragraph is right:

    “But then, finally, surrounded by the deep folds of night, you’re swept away in a rush of intensity, and the pulsing ardor in this certain intimacy with life ultimately delivers something far beyond you. And suddenly, what was invisible, now delightfully is. And you get to hold the harvest, full of substance, in your hands.”

    The joy found in creating something beyond me is always the best. Thanks for finding the words to express the feeling. Well done!

  7. “Simplicity is so much more.”
    I have been considering this for a few weeks as I have been thinking about how to live more simply. I find myself in a season that feels so full, but I know a more restful season is coming behind. Perhaps that is just the rhythm of life.

  8. I live for simplicity. I love it so.

  9. ‘It’s not always hanks of time draped voluptuously over an armchair’

    This line spoke to me on so many levels. I can’t even explain it. Great writing.

  10. Beautiful post. I’m coming out of the season of rest and diving back into sowing seeds and growing my art. I love your blog.

  11. Divine words.

  12. I felt a quiet expectancy reading this post. I honestly feel like the edge of night is when I find out what my mind really wants to create. I am so practical during the day but really quite fanciful at night.

    Thanks for sharing your heart in words,
    Pam

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  14. I tried to go learn more about you and your little home on your personal blog, however it says the URL doesn’t exist. I would love to learn more about your small home. My husband and I are wanting to greatly downsize and move our 4 person family into a smaller home. I loved what I did see, but would love to see more of what you did. Thank-you!

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