Saturday, April 2, 2011


"A friend took me to the most amazing place the other day. It’s called the Augusteum. Octavian Augustus built it to house his remains. When the barbarians came they trashed it a long with everything else. The great Augustus, Rome’s first true great emperor. How could he have imagined that Rome, the whole world as far as he was concerned, would be in ruins. It’s one of the quietest, loneliest places in Rome. The city has grown up around it over the centuries. It feels like a precious wound, a heartbreak you won’t let go of because it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked at around to this place, at the chaos it has endured – the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way to build itself back up again. And I was reassured, maybe my life hasn’t been so chaotic, it’s just the world that is, and the real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation"


Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

Hi, Dani! I just read your comment from today. Have you checked Etsy for the mannequins? I found mine at TJ Maxx a few years ago and have adapted it from my dorm room in college to my townhouse :) It's the perfect piece for a girly bedroom!


Omgitstiffduh said...

What a heartfelt post.
I always thought my life was chaotic and now your post gave me a different perception on that.
Cant wait for your next post!

dani said...

thanks tiffany! its actually a quote from "eat pray love". I have an unhealthy obsession with elizabeth gilbert. you should youtube some of her tours and listen to them. She always makes me feel better. My life would be complete if I ever met her.

Heather said...

I loved this book, and I love this passage. A beautiful thought :)