I really do have a lovely home.
It’s not huge or new or rich, but it is pretty and cozy. It’s about “average” as far as houses go around here, but so much more than most people in our world would ever dream of.
We picked it over twenty years ago, and I can still remember how quickly it felt like “home” when we moved in. We added two kittens shortly after we purchased our house, and within about a year, I was pregnant with our first child. It is where we are supposed to be right now.
But often I notice what is wrong, not clean, needs fixing, isn’t new, is broken, or how small it feels when we have a certain number of guests. I see newer furniture and appliances that would just look nice, be more “functional”, or would make life easier.
Sometimes I look with envy at others’ homes, either in Facebook photos or in real life. We can always find someone with a bigger, newer, more modern house and more “stuff”.
This is part of our own human nature, but also augmented by a wealthy culture which thrives on consumerism.
But I need to remember that there is probably someone looking at me in the same way, wishing they had a house perhaps, or maybe just wishing their big home was filled with peace.
Sometimes I just need a reminder of how lovely and wonderful my life really is. I need to focus on the positives, rather than the lacks.
This past week, I had two individuals complement my home.
One was someone we are just getting to know. He walked through our door on the first night he joined our church community group and said something like, “What a beautiful home you have!”
The second was a complete stranger. She was responding to a photo I shared on a Facebook page for those of us participating in a Pilates fitness challenge. It was a photo of a corner of my living-room, where I had my exercise mat, near the couch with the sleeping kitties. She commented, “What a lovely space!”
So once again I’m reminded of how blessed I really am. I needed those reminders (and I guess it took two of them), to get my attention once more to be grateful.
I needed once again to look at my life with fresh eyes.
There’s been a little video circling in social media lately that speaks to this, so maybe I’m not the only one who needs to be reminded.
And there’s another lesson as well.
Don’t hesitate to give out heart-felt compliments.
It may be just what that person needs to hear on a day when life feels overwhelming. It may give them a renewed sense of how their life is blessed.
And thank-you to those friends who took the time and followed your hearts to share your compliments with me.
They made my day and are helping to make my grateful life.