“You don’t have to wait for perfect conditions. Create your home now, wherever you are. You have everything you need.”
It was perfect timing when I saw this book from BookLook Bloggers. I had to read it. And I am glad I did! I realized I had been making excuses to friends who come over to the house…. “The house is a mess”… “What do you expect when you have two boys?”… This book made me realize I shouldn’t be making excuses, at all. I welcome my friends to the house because I enjoy having them. And I guess, they enjoy coming to the house because they feel at home, too. One time my husband told me, “even if we live in a matchbox, you would still find a way to invite friends over”. And it’s true. As the author said, “maybe you’d just like to have a home where you are free to have people over and focus on them instead of all your home’s imperfections”.
It’s really from experience that I agree with the author when she said that it is our ‘buts’ that hinder us from doing what we want. I had been struggling with limitations in decorating and buying things for the house. When we first moved here in Seoul, we thought we will be staying here for only a couple of years. Furniture were bought with the thought that all these is temporary.
Well, we will be on our 9th year here early next year:-). Indeed, “much of the beauty that arises in our homes comes from the struggle we wage with our limited resources” (quote from Henri Matisse, modified by the author). I still recognize the limitations of our home but at least now, I have the consciousness not to allow myself to be hindered by these limitations. And the important thing is, I calmly accept that “You don’t have to wait for perfect conditions. Create your home now, wherever you are. You have everything you need.”