What do you give when money is no object?
The minds behind Let's Blog Off do their best to stump me again with a pre-holiday topic that took way more thought than it should have.
This weeks question: If money were no object, what would be the perfect gift? Whether it’s for yourself or for somebody else, what thing would you give that you won’t or can’t give now?
I literally tried to go in 10 or more directions: feed the hungry, educate the masses, work to cure terminal diseases(even getting myself a rockin' Bugatti concept car). Each time I was unfulfilled in my quest to answer gift conundrum. So I thought, "What's a small thing that makes me and those close to me truly happy?"
I ended up with a strange answer. Rest.
Before you #LetsBlogOff readers start scoffing at me for picky something like (in my mushy voice) love and family, hear me out. I can attach a dollar value to rest(well, kind of).
Through the years of being in the home design and home building world, I've(thankfully) been introduced to the concept of 'slow home'. Now I think that the slow home movement has many different interpretations and I know that my thoughts don't exactly mirror everyone elses but that's the brilliance of design and choosing someone to help one develop the feeling of 'home'. Slow home really embodies the principles of efficiency and support. It's about building a positive space that will sustain and reward your family(and being there to enjoy it). It's the kind of space that you won't want to leave.
The definition(two of) of rest according to Webster: relief or freedom, esp. from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs. Mental or spiritual calm; tranquility.
Now, when you go home are you really able to rest? Have you created a space that encourages mental and spiritual calm?
Your home should be a haven and too often we are all guilty of introducing disturbing elements in to our own personal spaces. These 'things' could be items, emotions, etc. If you're like me you probably take some work home with you and it's more than likely that there is a television in your bedroom(there's one in mine too, and I need to take a dose of my own advice and ditch it).
There is no solution to slowing every one's lives down enough so everyone is happy and chipper, but there is a way(albeit far-fetched) to give everyone a little boost of good cheer when they open the door to their home. What is it? It's called hiring a good, qualified designer.
So that's my gift to you(with my bottomless pocketbook): A new look at home courtesy of a good interior designer. Think your mental/emotional/spiritual health would be better if you lived in these photos? Of course it would.
Now on to my little holiday gift rant/comments: Everyone that I would buy a gift for this year needs nothing. I need nothing. I know that it's special to get a little extra treat at the holidays but how awesome is it that we've been blessed to the point that we don't need anything? As the years go by, it's almost a guilty feeling I get when I open gifts usually knowing up front that it's something I could live without, knowing there are those less fortunate than we are so close in our own communities. I know that retail drives many of our lives and saying that gifting is bad would put a serious dent in lots of our livelihoods, but I just can't shake the notion that the spoiled are getting more spoiled and those going without are going with even less.
I know that's a little sermon-y for you, but it's how I feel. This year, I'm going to be thankful for the gifts that I don't have to put under the tree like family and friends, the fine food we'll eat, and a few slow moments to reflect on just how blessed we are.
Sure wouldn't hurt if I had a set of keys to that Bugatti Galiber under the tree.
Hmm... I'd make that look real good.
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