Today I’ve got a more personal post. A little lesson learnt from our year away from home at Tonga hospital.
Our home for 2014, was pretty small and not really a stimulating environment. In fact, it was sometimes quiet demotivating. We didn’t realise how much it could affect us, our moods or our marriage.
This is basically where we spent all of our free time at home. Just out of shot was a counter with a stove and sink. For Michael this is also where he spent his entire work day. Between the two couches was a table which was his desk. This blocked half of the 2-seater couch. I had no desk at home for a year. These were the “upgraded” couches we got after a few months of living with a completely broken, unusable couch. Even so, these couches were pretty gross to sit on. (Furniture provided by the hospital)
So why am I even writing this? It taught us a major lesson. Your environment has a huge influence on how you end up spending your time. Now, to many this may be completely obvious, but unfortunately it took us a while to realise. It is important to design your environment around your priorities. For example, for an entire year, we didn’t have a place where we felt comfortable to just sit and chat to each other. It became so easy to be in the same room together, but not actually be together.
We are so pleased and blessed to be back in our own home. Automatically having a decent place to sit means that we chat so much more. It’s easy to just sit together, hanging out. Looking back there are definitely some things we would do differently about the year, but even so we have learnt lessons and grown.
The point: Be intentional. Make an effort to build your space, no matter how small, into a space that works for you, not against you. Don’t wait a year for your situation to change, change it now. Don’t miss out!