“My home is my retreat and resting-place from the wars. I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner of my soul.” – Michel de Montaigne
I find it intriguing here, that Michel refers to his day-to-day life as “the wars.” Yet even more important to me is the way he refers to his home as a retreat. This is very profound, for so many of us tend to see our homes as functional places–places to eat, to sleep, to keep our belongings in, to shower, and so forth. However, when we see them simply as a functional place, then they will never have the ability to serve as a retreat for us, as Michel mentions here. They will never be a place where we can find rest, a way to rejuvenate our minds, bodies, and souls and gather our strength for continuing on in our lives.
But if we do turn our homes into comfortable places in which we can renew ourselves, then we can give ourselves a place to go when things get difficult and the stress seems to set in. Wars or not, we all face stress and challenges in life, and if we are well prepared spiritually to deal with them, then they will not break us down.
It is important that we take the time to make our homes places that we love to come to, places where we love to spend time. And doing so does not require us to spend a ginormous amount of money, but it does mean trying to eliminate clutter and finding things that are aesthetically pleasing to us. In addition, it means minimizing television and noise, and keeping the home as a peaceful place where we can find pleasant shelter from the storms of life.
Your home can by your ally in your journey through life, if you let it be.
Take some time today to make your home more comforting to you
Questions to consider:
How can we make our homes into pleasant retreats without doing tons of spending on redecorating?
Why do so few people pay attention to the comfort levels of their homes?
How have our homes become much more functional than rejuvenating?
For further thought:
“They are the happiest, be they king or peasant, who find peace in their homes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe