Last week on my vacation, the wardrobe was in fact a little room which was illuminated by a light on the opening of the door.
On closing the door, the light was extinguished and my clothes resided in space and darkness.
I am fascinated by the concept of a trigger to illuminate a space which has been covered in darkness, and for me the gentle opening of a door and the illumination of my hanging shirts and trousers and my racked footwear seems to be a metaphor for my soul.
Where are the times and events when my soul is illuminated and feels less burdened?
Certainly, the calls and visits to my coach are significant because these important interactions, illuminate those dark spaces which struggle to find an outward facing voice, a kind and gentle ear for my inner life, which exists in the silence and oft times turbulence of my own heart,
I have been illuminated by times of joy when running; singing and painting watercolours, and it is in these practices that a trigger can be switched which for a few moments unburdens the weight of my unrequited desires and longings.
It is a sad reality that my life is not illuminated in the presence of my loving family who despite their obvious love and care for me, I have kept at a distance from the true anguish of my soul.
In their presence my shirts, pants and shoes hang on my body in darkness and my soul is illuminated in private in the space around my heart.
I am making heroic efforts to protect them; to maintain the status quo; to avoid causing them hurt and experiencing their deeper love or their disappointment.
I am trying to resist my need to be an individual by submitting myself to community and faith.
This is like living the reality of my holiday wardrobe – once the door is closed the light in my own soul is diminished but the light outside in the world continues to shine and illuminates everything it sees which is not hidden.
What would it be like, I muse, to leave open the wardrobe door and let the light in?