State of Decay

via Creative Commons Over the past few months I've been entranced with photos of abandoned spaces: hospitals, libraries, homes, etc. I pour through these for three main reasons:

1) The photographers I've seen are really impressive in the way they're able to find beauty in something that's really quite sad and ugly.

2) There's so much story that's been left behind that you can almost hear it through these images.

3) It's such significant commentary on "things." For so many - especially hoarders - objects become a replacement for something we're missing. For some that's self-esteem and worth. For others it may be love or boredom or escape. For many it's a numbing of pain and/or negative feelings and juju.

However at the end of the day, the objects will decay. They also won't fulfill that real need.

If you're a hoarder, this decay is actually happening in your home underneath all of those things. When we don't tend to our things and home, they slowly decay and ruin.

If you have a lot of things, have the respect for yourself to do some digging and discover what it is that these objects are filling. Have the respect for yourself to not live in a home that is decaying all around you because more attention is paid to things instead of self-worth.

You're worth more.