I spent the last couple weeks pondering how to make a house inviting and welcoming to guests. And those are very important traits for a home to have, because “no man is an island”, and it is the relationships we have with our families, friends, neighbors and community that are often cultivated within our homes. But, as it always is with guests, they go home eventually. Because they have their place of rest and retreat. So, too, should we have ours.
I think creating our home as a retreat is so important to our modern lives. When we spend so much time being busy outside of the house, we need a place to hang our hat at the end of the day. A place where we can cook a good meal, share it with our family, and spend the evening catching up on conversation and relaxation. We need a home that functions efficiently so that the mundane tasks can be accomplished quickly enough to allow ample time for the things we really want to do. We need a place where we are surrounded by things we love; things that have good memories attached, that make us smile, that make us feel like we have created a special place in which to raise our family and build a life.
I know we can all easily answer that a retreat is someplace we go on vacation to get away and relax, but we need to be able to do that in our own homes! Our home is the one little corner of the world that is all ours, where we have the freedom to do and be and live as we please, a place where we can get away from whatever worldly pressures weigh heavy on our hearts. I know I’m the type of person that values a big comfy couch to sink into, where I can read my books, do the Sunday crossword, and snuggle with the hubby and the puppy. And I know my hubby is the type of person that has to have a big place to work on his many hobbies, and a big bed to snuggle up in at night. A sense of calm and quiet is important sometimes, but sometimes we like to pull the blinds all the way up, throw open the windows and the doors, and feel connected to whatever the weather or the community is up to.
How have you made your home your own personal retreat?