For many at this time of year, outdoor harsh winds and bone-chilling temperatures make us appreciate our home all the more. During the nineteenth century the home was viewed as "heaven on earth," a hallowed haven in an uncertain world. When man, woman, child, or pet crossed the threshold, they were safe, "not only from injury," wrote John Ruskin, "but from all terror, doubt and division."
Like it or not, the personalities of our homes and apartments and condos where we live are accurate barometers that reflect, through our surroundings, where we have been, what's going on in our lives, and who we are— today, at this moment— though not necessarily where we're heading.
No matter where or how you live, look upon your home through the eyes of Love. Walk around the rooms and offer thanks for the walls and roof that safely enclose you and yours. Pause for a moment to consider everyone who have lost their homes through debt, death, divorce, or disaster. Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that, at this moment, all you have is all you truly need.
There is an old eastern axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of tend to live in one room most of time, but unless we go into every room every day— even if only to keep it aired— we are not a complete person.
Make time every day to get acquainted with all the rooms in your home. After all, it is where the heart is.