Tonight, I am not home. No...I am relaxing in my very own room at The Lamp Post Inn and Gallery Bed & Breakfast! It is located in a quaint town along the Mississippi River in McGregor, IA. My hosts are Ramona and Dorrance. This is my 2nd year staying with them, as they have graciously opened their home to me while I am here in town to perform for a Chamber of Commerce event.
I am soooo enjoying the peace and tranquility here. There is no TV...although they do have wireless internet access, obviously!
Here is a picture of the room I am staying in:
|This is the 'Butler's Quarters'.|
As I look around the room, I am thinking about the simplicity it has to offer. No clutter...PEACE!! There is a simple order in this room. Everything I need is at my fingertips. This shows me that I can certainly survive without all the 'things' I think I must have.
I am asking myself, "Why...why do I seem to feel more secure with all the 'stuff' I have and cannot seem to let it go?" And, yet, I know I do not feel security. I feel overwhelmed helplessness, disorder, discontent, and the list goes on! Now, I realize I have quite a bit more of the unusual things...such as PUPPETS!!! Puppets, props and more puppets do seem to take over my house at times! More on that later...
Back to 'stuff'...and the 'why'. I don't know the answer, but I am praying about it. I truly believe that when I discover the 'why' of hanging onto the 'stuff', I will discover the freedom in letting go of the 'stuff'! I am also praying that I will continue to work on discipline...discipline to create peace, just as I'm feeling here at this Bed & Breakfast!
And, speaking of 'breakfast'...I am going to go to sleep, now! Breakfast is fantastic at this place! I'll let you know what we have...I do know we're having some type of breakfast bread, because Ramona was baking it when I arrived this afternoon...mmmm...the smells in the air were wonderful!
Until breakfast....I mean, later...