Thank you for Kathleen Ellis, for this months guest post and wonderful suggestions to create a love filled home!
Article: Fill Your Home with L O V E ~4 Simple Ways to Create a LOVE Filled Home~
By, Kathleen Ellis www.kathleenellislifestyledesign.com
LOVE is what makes your house a HOME.
A home filled with love is just about the best place to be.
It’s common to think of the physical aspect of putting your house together… the paint, the furniture, the appliances and window coverings, what to put on the walls, etc. All of these things are very important in creating your home, a home that is comfortable and beautiful for your lifestyle, a home that reflects your unique sense of style and serves as an oasis from the outside world. And so, those elements should be given careful thought and consideration.
Another important consideration in creating a home is the spiritual aspect. This is where you need to put on a special pair of glasses to be able to see and create those elements that are not necessarily “seen” in the physical sense, but are demonstrated by those who live in your home.
For example, a family may live in a million dollar mansion, expertly designed and decorated with every possible amenity, however, if the members of that house are constantly arguing and hurling hateful insults at each other, tearing each other down, and only out to please themselves, then what good comes from them living in a big beautiful house?
On the other hand, a family may live in a tiny two room efficiency apartment with not enough room to turn around without bumping into something, however, the members of that home constantly help and encourage each other, speaking love filled words, and looking for ways to bring joy and laughter to each other, then does it matter to them that they live in a tiny apartment with no luxuries?
Which family do you think is happier?
It doesn’t really matter if the home is large or small, expensive or a cheap rental, in a desired neighborhood or not…without LOVE filling that home it is just walls, floors, and a roof, and not a very pleasant place to be.
Here are 4 easy ways you can fill your home with L O V E~
L - Listen- to make a conscious effort to hear.
Listen. That’s right, listen! Listen to your spouse and your children. Listen with your ears, your eyes and your heart. Everyone wants to know that someone cares about what is going on in their life, what they’re concerned about or excited about. So stop what you are doing and LISTEN.
O - Observe- to celebrate, to notice, to pay special attention.
Observe the members of your family. What are their gifts and talents – pay special attention to those traits and they will blossom and bloom. Celebrate each others successes and notice when someone needs a bit of encouragement or a helping hand, and then give it to them.
V - Value- honor, esteem, prize, appreciate. Value each other by showing honor & respect toward one another. Look for ways to show your appreciation of one another, using words that are encouraging and uplifting. Treat them the way you want them to treat you.
E - Eliminate- remove, get rid of, omit.
Eliminate all thoughts, words and behaviors that do not promote LOVE in your family. Plain and simple…eliminate unkind words, yelling, selfishness and criticism, and replace them with kind words, laughter, thoughtfulness, consideration and encouragement.
Anyone can fill their home with LOVE! It is not a difficult task but rather one that takes determination, intention and patience. In the end the reward is peace, joy, happiness, hope and so much more.
Go on now… Fill your home with LOVE!