Home As Your Sanctuary!

Home As Your Sanctuary!

   It’s 5:30 am.  The alarm clock rings, you roll over to hit snooze, blink at the clock and decide to catch a few more zzz’s.  How nice it must feel to rest quietly in a comfortable bed – in your uncluttered bedroom – in the comfort of the home you call your “sanctuary.”   “My sanctuary?”  Yes, your sanctuary; the place where you run to get away from it all – drama at work; petty complaints in stores; train and bus delays; too much stress to put in e-print format.     But what makes a home a sanctuary? According to www.dictionary.com, a “sanctuary” is “a sacred or holy place; a place of refuge.”  Aaaah!!! That place of refuge.  Who doesn’t want that?  Here are a few things to consider in making your home your sanctuary: Your home should be a place of peace. When I come home, I like to put down my bags, take off my coat, and relax in my chair or coach.  I’m able to calm down from the stressors outside of the home.  How?  It’s quiet!!!  No “Why do I have to handle this matter?  I have two cases and Co-Worker X has only one.”  No “Stop pushing me!” – while you’re riding the bus or train with personal space at a premium.  No “Where is the manager? I’ve been waiting here all day!”   Peace and tranquility with little to no hubbub or racket can make your home your sanctuary.     Your home should be a place of beauty to you.   The design of your living room, kitchen, foyer, bedrooms, bathrooms, and even garage should be to such extent...
Making a Difference!

Making a Difference!

This year, I believe that it is important for us to make a difference in our communities.  So many of us are experiencing different challenges in our lives and you would never know it. We sometimes keep our concerns internally until we hit a boiling point that impacts our social, emotional, and physical being.  I’ve had clients that have been under tremendous stress over things like job loss, illness, injuries, and recent separations.   Events like these create a domino effect leading to further concerns including receipt of eviction notices, foreclosures, child custody/visitation concerns, and bills from debt collectors – just to name a few. But here is my question…what can we do to make a difference?  Is it too much to ask for someone to maybe spend $20.00 on groceries for a neighbor in need; pay a visit to someone who has been injured or facing an untimely illness; volunteer in after-school tutoring sessions for the youth; serve in a soup kitchen on some weekends? I realize that everyone is not in the position to do some of the aforementioned suggestions, but certainly there are other ways that we can make a difference.   Our communities need to know that someone out there cares about them and what they are going through.  Yes, we have various city and state agencies available to address some of the needs.  Yet, there is something to be said about the person who steps out of themselves and their problems to help someone else, especially when they do not expect anything in return.  How nice! How rare!  Something to think...