“Peaceful” doesn’t just happen—not with relationships, careers and definitely not with homes.
There are people who always seem frantic and stressed (and I’ve been there more often than I like to admit) and I know people who seem to actually “float” through life buoyed by an endless stream of good luck (hmmmm….maybe it’s them, right?).
I see relationships that, at least from my perspective, seem so tumultuous that I wonder how those folks get through the day and I see others who truly seem to be “in the right place” with those they love. I know many people who would leave their jobs without any hesitation if they could swing it financially, and I know the blessed few who genuinely love what they do each day. I also know too many people who live in homes that are far from peaceful—from being peace full.
One of the things we had from Larry’s childhood was a partial set of old, children’s blocks. I found enough of them to spell
P E A C E F U L H O M E.
There were green, brown and orange letters in the basket but weirdly (or not) all of the letters I needed were red, yellow or blue. Those three colors are the primary colors (the “building blocks”) from which all other colors come. If you’ve read my design blog, you know how much I love talking about color and the power it has on how your home “feels”.
So, the irony of the “primary color blocks” was not lost on me!
So, how do we create “peaceful?”
How do we take the steps to move from stressful, lonely, overwhelming or exhausting to a home that’s filled with peace?
What if we take it one block at a time? What if we create a space that has a dozen (twelve is often considered the perfect number) peace full qualities? What if we work at being:
P patient—with the people we love, with others we interact with, and (especially) with ourselves
E encouraging—inspiring others to see their potential
A accepting—allowing people to really be “who they are”
C calm—creating a serene, uncluttered, tranquil space
E embracing—gladly accepting our differences
F faithful—to God, to our family, to our dreams
U understanding—compassionate and sympathetic
L loving—even (and especially) when it’s really tough
H healing—restoring soundness and safety to relationships
O open-minded—receptive to change, different views and other opinions
M meditative—contemplative, restful, and restorative
E enthusiastic—greeting each person, and day, with joy
With the start of 2019, let’s look forward as we consider how we can affect change in our lives. Let’s aspire to live into our best selves one day at a time. And let’s strive to live in peace…in our relationships, and with ourselves, as we think about how to build peace in our homes “one block at a time.”
©2019 peace full home®/intentional living
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