As one wanders around Bergun, Switzerland, one asks oneself, ‘Could I do that?
‘Could I transform my house into a creation, a work of art, a pleasure and inspiration to me and those who see it? Could I show my aspirations, my heritage, my values – cryptically or with clarity – on my abode?’
With some plaster and an unsteady hand followed by some paint and a steady one – yes you could.
Could you recreate the magic of Bergun? No. You need a village for that.
But decorating the outside of your own home is not about recreation or emulation; it’s about creation. It’s finding and honouring that in you which wants to speak.
It might be that you want a reminder or affirmation of who you are or what you hold true. Jung placed words over his entrance as a reminder to himself and his patients.
You might wish to show beauty through the grace of line…
You may choose a date of significance.
Your adornment might express a yearning of your heart or an inclination of your mind.
Or it might just be fun.
Let the soulfulness of Bergun remain in Bergun. Allow your own spirit to express itself. And one of the pleasures of that is, village or not, when we honour ourselves publicly, we honour others.