Monday, June 3, 2013

The Gentle Society of Home

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In the rush of daily activities, sometimes we forget how calm and gentle home life can be.  There are certain things we can do to help us remember. . .

- We can have special touches in our favorite rooms. This may be a living room, entryway, or dining room.  Little touches of soothing artwork (like pretty flowers, landscapes, English gardens, or elegant families from the "Victorian" or "Romantic" eras.)   Nice, quiet background music of classical or gospel would be lovely and soothing.

- What we wear, and how we look.  There is something I call "Casual Elegance."  This is whatever makes you feel dressed up, yet comfortable.  For me, that is my blue cotton skirt (knee-length), a pretty top and a nice sweater.  (All from either J.C. Penny or Macy's - purchased at their annual winter clearance sale, for very little money.)  We can also have a classically, elegant hairstyle.  This may be a loose updo, or whatever brings out an aura of old fashioned sweetness to the look.

- Setting a neat table for evening refreshments, and turning on a dim lamp will calm one's nerves, if one remembers to forget the outside world for a time. (This means not to talk about it, or worry about it, for a little while!)

- Being quiet. . .  We often talk too much, worry too much, think too much, and want to multitask every minute away!  Being quiet and content takes effort, but it will bring peace and gentleness to the family.

Every day, we can take little steps of progress to cultivate a gentle society in the home.   We must use our creativity and be the light of our homes.  This may mean it is always our own ideas, and our own labor that makes this happen.  But this is a beautiful, noble work. . . to bring gentleness to a home.

Mrs. White

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Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Thanks for these wonderful ideas. :)

Anonymous said...

Mrs. White, I really appreciate the work you put forth in your posts. And I appreciate that they are usually short and sweet. In my busy life I don't always have time to real all the blogs I'd like to, but I always read yours.


JudyZ said...

*Sigh* sounds so pleasant, yet not so easy with 5 busy kids! Your ideas are worth trying, however! Thanks!

Deanna said...

Howdy Mrs. White,

Enjoyed stopping by today and reading your sweet post!
Always a treat to visit.

God bless,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder Mrs. White. I am so happy to have found your blog. I love the inspiration to roll up my sleeves and get to work, the encouragement for the mothers of way wards, and your sweet and gentle spirit. God bless you and yours.

Housewife59 said...

So lovely Mrs White, to be reminded and encouraged in our gentle home-making. Thank you