Everywhere we’ve lived, and that’s 16 homes, we have sought to make the place nicer.
We’ve planted trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, and organic gardens. We’ve added pavement stones, patios, rainspouts, rain barrels, fencing, and grass. We’ve nurtured and dined on edible weeds such as purslane, lambs quarter and amaranth. We’ve allowed dandelions free rein, welcomed wasps, bees, and any wild critters that needed a place to land.
Inside the homes we’ve added towel racks, curtain rods, ceiling fans, overhead cabinets, and shelving.
12 of these homes were rentals. We moved in, thanked the space for its protection and possibilities, and set out to make it better. We’ve spent what little money we could afford at the time, and considerable labor, on making improvements. We expected no discounts or appreciation from the landlords; we did it because we know that when you respect and honor the space you are in, it responds in kind.
Sometimes the landlord offered to refund us or split the difference, but we never demanded this. Always the landlords have been good to us even when other people complained about them. We’ve learned that you harvest what you sow.
Occasionally neighbors noticed and began their own improvements. Sometimes no one knew but us. But it has always been the right thing to do.
It’s not important to be perfect. But its darn sure important for your self-esteem to make the best of any situation.
Years ago I heard a concept that’s been inspiring to me. Most people are hovering somewhere around the emotion of mad, sad, or glad. Size them up when you connect and don’t leave until you’ve done what you can to move them up the scale toward “glad”. That may be simply because you listened. But, I think I just rambled into another post.
“Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it!”
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