Are You A Product of Your Environment? Part 1

04.08.2008

"You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?" ~W Clement Stone

Do you have the strength to handle all that life gives you? Are you up to the task of living out your purpose? Are you as positive, healthy and calm as you can be for your family and friends? Are you taking care of yourself so you can take care of others? Have you set up a self-care environment?

Do you ever look around your house groaning because it is messy and cluttered and now you have to clean it…again. Instead of groaning this is an opportunity to design an environment that nurtures you and your family.

We often act as if we have no control over our environment. Yet, this is one of the areas we have the most control over. We can choose to pick up or walk over. We can choose the red or the blue. We can choose how to set up our furniture.

Make Your Environment Nurturing

If your environment was a nurturing one, what would be different? What would you need to do?

How would your kitchen be set up so it was a warm and comforting place? Homemade bread, uncluttered cupboards, a family message center? How would your family room look so it could be a connecting space with your family? Game area or seating facing each other instead of the TV? What would you change to create a bedroom that is serene and romantic? You could have fresh flowers, make your bed every day or clear off your dresser.

Does your home office make you feel in control or out of control? Do you have a spot for your papers?

Your home is there to nurture you and your family. If you have things in your home that make you feel frustrated – fix them. If something brings up terrible memories – get rid of it. If having boxes of decorations is making you feel overwhelmed, give some away. Your home can only be as nurturing as you allow it to be.

Write down 5 changes you can make this week to make your home more nurturing for you and your family.

 

5 Comments

  • Jen says:

    This is such a great post! My five things:
    1. Make the bed every morning.
    2. Light scented candles.
    3. Get more plants.
    4. Put up some pictures in my office.
    5. Organize my files.

    Thanks!

  • Cori says:

    I’m sure I can come up with 5 things to make my home and environment more nurturing!

    1. Clean off dining room table and keep it that way, so we can eat there instead of always in the living room.
    2. Declutter/reorganize the linen closet
    3. Spend at least 15 minutes every day tidying up the winter debris from the yard.
    4. Recreate my routines (they went to pot when we moved 18 months ago)
    5. Turn off the TV except when actively watching a show.

  • marilyn christine says:

    keep the dining table cleaned off so we can sit down for tea now and then there
    take some pictures off the walls to give more space feeling
    remember to light the candle in the kitchen with the vanilla smell
    declutter the spare room
    put some music on in place of tv
    thanks for making me think again about how to keep our house a home

  • Beth says:

    Great ideas Cori and Marilyn!

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