Friday, March 11, 2011

A Timeline in a Small Space to Record The Bigness of Life

I feel all googly inside.  I am feeding my inner historian, lover of all things ancient and modern alike.  I started a timeline the other night (and, by started, I mean that I put up the tape).  It looks like this


See how it matches the back wall and the Haitian art?  Clever.

I used inexpensive orange artist's tape that I purchased from Dick Blick to create the lines.

This is our only option as we really don't have a lot of free wall space.  Were it up to me, I'd line the whole apartment with timelines.  Selaví.  I am happy to have this.  I plan to add address labels with historical events, starting from the bottom up.  Now I just have to figure out how to organize 15 billion years of history onto a 1 ft. by 6 ft. piece of bookshelf.

I'm not quite sure how to break up the chunks of time, but I do know that I want the anchors of the timeline to be those moments when humanity has blessed the earth.  Most timelines are based upon wartime, famine, and destruction.  Those elements will hold an important place in our timeline, but they will not be the anchors.  My hope is that by focussing on the good that we humans have achieved, we will begin to see generosity, integrity, and restoration as the norm -- and our failures as aberrations.

I'm an idealist that way.  And that's not such a bad thing.  

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4 comments:

Motherhood and More said...

Brilliant! How did you come up with the idea of going up the bookcase like that?

LakeMom said...

Thanks. I was staring into space, trying to figure out where I would put one, and I noticed the blank slate of the bookshelf. It hit me that timelines don't have to be horizontal. I am interested in what others are doing for timelines. I had thought about a binder, but I know us too well and can see one getting lost on a bookshelf.

Jill said...

Great idea, both the artistry of the execution and the idea of what events you will focus on!

LakeMom said...

Thanks Jill. It was fun and so easy to do.

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