This month one of the people who celebrates a birthday is Frank Lloyd Wright, the American architect who designed over 1000 structures was influential not only in the US but also designed some structures for other parts of the world, most notably the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan (a beautiful structure that was unfortunately demolished). I’m a big fan of not only the structures he created and planned, but I also appreciate the way that he incorporated nature, approached space and saw the world.
Wright wasn’t a perfect person, he was known to be temperamental, always struggled with finances, and was well know for the ups and downs in his romantic relationships. And yet he designed successfully through two world wars and the depression. He didn’t let his imperfections and the challenges he faced limit him in terms of inspiration or commitment to designing creative, lasting, nature-centric structures. Wright didn’t make all the right choices in life, but when it came to what arguably mattered most to him, he was focused and committed to designing and developing beautiful, functional and creative structures. As I was reading through the post remembering his life and celebrating his birth, I saw a quote from him that I think is very relevant to where we are in life today:
“We are all here to develop a life more beautiful, more concordant, more fully expressive of our own sense of pride and joy than ever before in the world.”
The challenge we’ve faced since 2020 started isn’t one that left holes in the ground, damaged buildings or caused the types of fear that are usually present when physical wars are being waged. But it has revealed many of the broken pathways in our regular lives that somehow were managing to limp along before 2020, as well as beaten many of us down and left us very discouraged and struggling to feel pride in our lives, joy in our futures and peace with how our lives have progressed over the last year and a half. I think we should take a page out of Wright’s book and commit to a future that we’re proud of and find joy in. As passionate as I am about organizing, I don’t usually follow the Marie Kondo method of organizing, but the question she uses to help people determine what to keep is one way that we can decide what we want in our future, and that’s the question of whether or not something sparks joy in us (and if it doesn’t to dispose/donate it (or pass it by in the case of making decisions for the future)).
What plans are you making for your future that are less frenetic and more focused on creates the best future for yourself, your family, your community and this world we all share?