Running late to catch a flight, I heard the airline intercom call my name.
After stowing my bag in the overhead compartment, I settled in the middle seat, greeting fellow passengers. The day continued with a connecting flight, bags of peanuts and airport food. Check in to the hotel, attend meetings, eat restaurant food. Not much sleep, live out of a suitcase and attend more meetings. Rinse and repeat for the trip home.
There’s nothing like a trip to a faraway place to make you appreciate home.
Coffee in my favorite mug, reading a book to my seven-year-old, and even folding towels are newly appreciated.
Since my return I’ve seen my home with fresh eyes and it has strengthened my resolve to make it a place of refuge for those who enter its walls. That sounds noble, but dealing with the day-to-day reality of dirty dishes and mountains of laundry can tarnish the vision. It’s good to have an occasional wake-up call for a change in perspective.
The nice thing about making a home that is a joy and comfort is that you don’t have to be married or have children or even live with another person to do so. You can still light a candle and set a pretty table, even if you live alone.
In fact, it may be even more important. Everyone needs a balanced life of good meals, rest, self-care and pleasant surroundings. You can make a home that is a joy and comfort without much money, but it does take thought and effort.
In our busy ordinary lives there is a tendency to get by with the barebones of running the household but we skip the joy, comfort and encouragement part.
We trade an artful arrangement of beautiful things on the coffee table for a stack of newspapers and ads. The TV takes the place of a board game, and irritation with others flavors our speech. Sometimes this happens so slowly we barely notice it, and then one day we realize that our home life is out of sorts.
With that realization comes the choice to fix those little things. Tidy up the clutter, go ahead and get the laundry caught up, read aloud to your children, and prepare a nice meal.
Think about the times you’ve been away or have sat in a hospital room and wished for an ordinary day at home. See your home with fresh eyes and appreciate every moment of your fleeting time on earth.
Remember once again that making a joyful, comfortable and encouraging home is one of the most important things you do.
Have you had any wake-up calls to appreciate home lately? Please leave a comment…
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