What makes us human in the midst of a rapidly changing and confusing world? When we go inside and contemplate this, it becomes clear that who we are is not that chaos and confusion of the world outside. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison with what lies inside of you.” Sometimes we feel off, depressed or negative but under all of that lies love, compassion and tenderness. We have to decide what parts we accentuate and reveal and grow. Home is a place that allows us to experiment with ways to bring forth that highest part of our humanity.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison with what lies inside of you.”
Think of all the choices we can make every day in our homes. Is that container recyclable? Is that food and are those bed sheets organic? Are our windows double pane? Are our light bulbs efficient? Did we decide to use pesticides in our garden? Did we keep the piles on our desk to a minimum? The answers are not what we might expect. Maybe the answers are – does it reflect our humanity – who we are – who we want to become? Is our home a reflection of who we are and who we are becoming? Is our home livable, lovable and comfortable for us?
We determine what we are supporting and promoting all day long. We select and buy hundreds of things every month; food, clothing, housewares, beauty products, art and décor. In each selection we are curating our life and environment in ways that either reflect our humanity or not. When it reflects us we feel at ease, at home. When it doesn’t reflect our humanity is creates a resistance, an unease. When we allow our homes to be the expression of our humanity we are revealing and expressing our authenticity.