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Monday, January 14, 2013
Rollo May suggested that “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” It’s one of the reasons I believe we create beautiful garden spaces, to dawdle and pause, to find a place for constructive solitude, to think and be peaceful. And dare I say it, sometimes to be alone.
With that said, rather than tell you about some of the fascinating garden and design books I’ve been perusing this January, I’d rather tell you about a book that has taken me by complete surprise. It’s one definitely worth the winter read regardless what you do or where you work. ‘QUIET’ – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain is fascinating especially to someone like me. I always tested on the Myer Briggs test with the Capital ‘E’.
As I read this book, I ask ‘Am I really an ‘E’ or is it what I became programmed through culture, school and workplace to try and be? It seems these days I can’t get enough solitude to write, to create, and just think. There is so much fascinating data and research in this book and I’m still in the throes of it. But I won’t divulge any info because there would be no incentive for you to read it.
So that’s my Monday observation as it relates to why we create garden spaces. When they say the next generation has no interest in gardening, I beg to differ. We all need a place, even the ‘E’s’, to dawdle and pause, to think and be peaceful. But that’s just my observation. What do you think? P.S. Plus the garden is a great place for a favorite pastime – a good read.
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