A love for our home
The last few months have allowed us to fall more deeply in love with our homes. For others, spending more time inside has highlighted our home’s shortcomings. Whether we recognize it nor not, now more than ever, we’re grappling with the reality of how our interior environments impact our lives.
Our homes are not just physical sanctuaries; they are also our psychological ones. Traditionally, a sanctuary was a sacred place or, more broadly, a place that provided protection. In times of uncertainty and upheaval, having the stability of refuge is vital for our safety sense. When we feel secure, we relax our minds and bodies, which allows us to focus our energies on more than survival. Our homes have become the frames for our entire lives:
- Our places of work, recreation, and contemplation
- Our children’s schools and playgrounds
- Areas for exploration, stimulation, discovery, and connection
Beyond these activities, our homes are now also where we seek to meet all our psychological needs.
If our values can be loosely defined by what we spend our effort, time, and money on, what are the values reflected in your home? What does your home say about you and the people you share your space with? How does your home make you feel about yourself? There exists a beautiful tension in the fact that our families remind us of who we are and where we come from. At the same time, inspire us to be greater than in our pasts and create our future selves.
These unprecedented times offer a unique perspective to examine what creates a psychological sanctuary, a guardian of identity, and desirable living. As life outside of our homes is disrupted, interrupted, and reconfigured, we have a degree of control over our interior environments. And own sense of ourselves — who we are and who we want to be.