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Of course, extended family, by blood or friendship, are welcome too--to walk right in, crack a cold one (Diet Coke that is) and stay and chat for a while. You know where the key is.
At home we are not only surrounded by the people we love, but the things we love best. Books, sunlight, the comfy couch with our favorite fabric, colors that make our hearts sing, art, music---we try to live by the adage attributed to William Morris, "If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, here it is: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Home is also our refuge from the storm. A refuge from the downright crazy that come-a-calling from time to time. Here, we are lords and masters of all we survey. We are not bound by societal rules like answering the door when someone knocks--that also goes for answering the phone. We get to filter who and what comes into where our heart resides.
The physical state of our home affects us. If it's orderly and clean, we are happy, orderly and clean. Our home reflects the interior workings of our hearts and minds. Of course, there's always that one drawer that needs some help, just as there's always the opportunity to fine tune our spirits on the journey here, but there's time, after all...there is time--and home is where we can work out the fine tuning of ourselves and love better and more fully. Even if we live by ourselves, the impact of loving oneself will have the effect of ripples in a pond and the happiness we exude will roll out into the lives of others exponentially.
That is why home is important.
Home can be a beautiful place. Home can be a canvas where we can paint our sorrows and joys. Home can be a safety net, a mental ward, a dance party, and a meditative retreat from the world outside. We get to choose what it will be. We get to create our homes. If we aren't happy at home, then chances are, we aren't happy anywhere else.
How do you feel about your home?