October 25, 2010

in the generous life

The last couple of weeks my husband and I have been traveling.  The nice thing about that is that we are usually able to spend time with friends in far places.  This trip we spent a good deal of time in several friends’ homes. There were a couple of things that I saw that I liked and I want to pass my thoughts on to you. The atmosphere of our homes speak volumes to those we love.

1) No one felt the need to really impress us. We saw their homes the way that they normally live (including a life size cardboard figure of Ironman and the normal mess that comes with living). I felt welcomed and much like family. With that in mind, I don’t think I’m going to use “excuse the mess” comments any more. The death of perfectionism is sweet.

2) Even in the middle of the chaos of life, there were expressions of simplicity and beauty. Kudos to Anne who decorated her home in a simple, but lovely style. She has pumpkins, greenery and twinkle lights as an arrangement and it was delightful. I’m off to do more “dejunking” so that cleaning and decorating are easier.  (Good book: Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life! affiliate link)

I encourage y’all to keep your households (and your holidays) simple and real. Love on the people in your life and enjoy moments of beauty and joy.

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.   Chinese Proverb

Be generous! Lori <><

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Gwen October 25, 2010 at 10:26 am

I love that you’ve decided to stop using the phrase, “excuse the mess.” If it’s a mess, it’s a mess. What a freeing feeling to not be ashamed of yourself.
.-= Gwen´s last blog ..Ask the Audience 2- Self Lovin =-.


Steph October 31, 2010 at 3:41 am

Two things I have to say to this:

1) I’ve always told people who want to come over, “If you’re coming to see me or my family, come over any time. If you’re coming to see our house, make an appointment.”

2) I’m getting tired of saying that. So I’m taking a few minutes a day (even just 5 on really hectic days) and going through one drawer, one box, one basket at a time and sorting/tossing whatever needs to go. And it feels GREAT!


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