Growing up, my grandma taught me 5 distinct lessons about creating a haven for others.
Everyone longs for a haven. But when you’ve actually experienced one, it makes you crave one – and want to create one – even more.
I was blessed to grow up knowing the haven of my grandparents’ home. While my grandparents must have been stretched raising seven children and caring for aging parents, I never noticed.
Their home brimmed with people – and love.
My grandma’s loving smile and genuine concern helped welcome everyone. And it was her warmth and focus on others that mattered.
It didn’t matter that her home didn’t have the newest furniture that matched. It didn’t matter that gourmet food didn’t grace her table. It didn’t matter that her home wasn’t spotless.
What did matter is that she made the best of what she had.
Whenever we walked into her home, it wasn’t the belongings or furnishings that stood out. It was my grandma’s smile, her friendly greeting, her laugh, and her questions about your life that made you instantly feel valued, appreciated … and at home.
People were a priority for her. And whenever people were in her home (which was quite often), they were the focus … not housekeeping.
5 Lessons My Grandma Taught Me About Creating a Haven
As haven creators, it can be so tempting to get caught up in the stuff of havens. Is my couch comfy enough? Do I have the most appetizing food in the cupboard? Does my home look clean enough?
Those aspects set the stage for a lovely home. Yet to create a haven, we’d all be wise to follow my grandma’s example:
- Smile. And smile a lot.
- Have a friendly greeting for everyone who enters your home.
- Laugh. And laugh often.
- Be genuinely concerned about others and ask thoughtful questions about their lives.
- Make people the priority. Not things. And not housekeeping.
With the warmth of these personal touches, you can transform any place into a haven. Just like my grandma.
When it comes to creating a haven, what lessons have you learned from your parents or grandparents?
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