There’s so much to focus on, so much to consider in the course of getting through the day. And our work lives lead us to patterns, the habits that we use to get things done. So it gets messy in the space where we work, where we spend our days doing what we do.
No surprise here. But what I notice when I come upon the space someone else has created is how personal the clutter is, how what seems meaningless to me reflects a deeper order known only to the one whose home space it is.
I’ve come to understand that I have a relatively limited vocabulary for articulating the meaning that’s inherent in the places that people create for themselves. I will see some jarring element and read it as confusion or anger or tension. Yet what’s really going on often has an energy very different from those words. I make a mistake when I think I know what works for me and measure others from that perspective.
This is easier for me to see from a distance. That's why I'm here (indeed, that's why I'm always here) - to notice and to expand into all that I might might see.