When you walk into your home at the end of the day, how does it feel? Are you happy to be there? When you’re at work, do you feel excited to return home to your family, or do you wish you could stretch your day a little longer?
Not so long ago, I lived in some pretty crappy conditions. The house I lived in was quite nice; it had a yard for the kids to play in, there was comfy furniture in the living area and the kitchen was well lit. I’m a neatfreak, so the house was always clean, and there were plenty of shelves and closets to tuck away our belongings. All in all, the physical state of our home was great.
Still, it was crappy.
Although the house itself and our living space was comfortable, my home was not. There were some people living in my space that changed the culture of our home, and the culture was almost total crap.
I hated coming home.
“Home” is not the building you live in, or the space you occupy. “Home” is made up of the people inside, and of the relationships between those people. Collectively, the relationships in your home define your home’s culture. The culture of your home can be good or bad, positive or negative, common or foreign, but it is as unique as the people that create it.