I tend to be somewhat impatient by nature about completing projects, especially around my home. I love things to be finished. In my 22 years of home ownership, I’ve tackled many houses and many projects.
As you know, my current desire in life isn’t to keep myself overly busy with home remodeling or decorating my own home. I am not in a race to finish this house or to impress anyone with my skill in whipping this place together in record time. I have other goals right now.
Going slowly with your decorating projects can be frustrating at times, especially if you wish everything was done YESTERDAY. I know how that goes! I’ve just recently come to this new place in life where I can be content with undone. I can wait. I can patiently work on my rooms as I have time and money.
That is not to say that I don’t sometimes wish I could go faster (i.e. like having a staff of people around to do things for me or a big fat bank account to spend as I please!).
I can be happy with going slow because I see evidence of other beautiful things in my life. I am seeing a bigger picture of my life and not just the lack of curtains, for instance! And by going slowly, I can see the finer details in the big picture that I would miss if I was rushing.
Being patient means I not only keep my life more balanced, but I also can come up with ideas that I will truly be happy with! Taking time to plan and dream is fun. So often when you move into a new house you rush through the process of decorating before you really know your home. And the end result isn’t always what you hoped for. I’ve made that mistake before.
By going slowly, and being able to say “this is good, for now” I can learn contentment in a way I never will if I have too big of decorating goals, too soon. I learn to love where I am, right in the moment!
For now, I am enjoying watching how the light comes through my new windows, where I see dark corners that could use the warmth of a lamp, finding beauty I want to reflect in a mirror and figuring out where I am drawn to sit in the quiet early mornings. All pieces of the puzzle I can enjoy putting together one slow step at a time.