You see, we moved into this home in 2009. When we were packing to move here, I conducted a MAJOR house cleaning. I wanted a fresh start – a new look, if you would. Therefore, when we moved into our new home, I had given over half of our “stuff” away. The result? We had to move very little “stuff” into our new home. As a matter of fact, several rooms looked sparse in the beginning. However, over the years, as I have visited antique stores and various stores, I purchased new treasures.
As I looked over those treasures, I marveled over the completed look. I felt amazed how we had created a total package of comfort and beauty. I stood there and reflected on how I had came by my “treasures”. I did not purchase them from the same place nor at the same time nor did I have a plan when I began. As I found things that “fit” the direction I wanted my home to go, I purchased them. Piece by piece, my home came together. Now, 3 years later, it is beautiful. It is comfortable. When friends and family visit, they enjoy our home as much as we do. I find satisfaction in what we had created.
As good as my coffee was this morning, the thought that came next was even more delightful. Our lives can be like this too! We can take inventory of what we need to clean, or remove, from our lives. What habits, traditions, thoughts and/or feelings do we need to remove from our lives? What, once removed, would give us that fresh start – a new look?
Once we have identified those things that need to be removed, give it away. Don’t put it somewhere where you can pull it back out later. GET RID OF IT and then DON’T TAKE IT BACK! Then identify the direction you want your fresh start, your new look, to go. Most importantly, acknowledge that it will take time. While you are “building” it, don’t settle for junk or imitation “stuff”. Wait for the things that match your vision exactly.
Over time you will be able to stand back and savor your “home” of comfort and beauty. Yes, it will be comfortable. Yes, it will be beautiful. Best of all? When others are around you, they will find enjoyment in your beauty and comfort too.
A fresh start. A good cup of coffee. To become a home of beauty and comfort. What else could you want?