This quote from John O'Donohue reminds me of Mr. Magorium and his conversations with his toy shop. We watch Mr. Magorium in Course 101 of The Magic School. We also discuss how setting plays into story, and how if we play imaginatively with setting we can use it as a means of altering our reality. So you might imagine my delight in finding this take on setting which suggests it being interactive with and responsive to us.
I love thinking about all my places I frequent (home, two schools, the Back Back, my neighborhood, coffee shops, library, grocery store, post office, my printer, parks, bank, etc.) and that in each of those cases, the actual landscape and I have a relationship. That it reaches out to me (like the Sock Monkey in Magorium) when it sees me approach. That it notices and values my gentle care and my continual showing up with overflowing love. I felt this as a child, but lost touch with it as an adult.
Well done John O'Donohue for opening up portals in our everyday routines.