Wednesday, February 9, 2011

52 Pickup: 6/52

Remember, all 52 pickups are open to interpretation. My interpretation might not be the same as yours - make it yours, make it a mantra, make it life lived well.

This week the pickup is:

Do you behave differently on vacation? How about when you are someone's guest? Are you a good guest - someone who is prompt to arrive and leave, helps out when you stay in someone's home, courteous and thoughtful? Or no? How is your behavior different when you are a guest rather than a host? 

This week think about how you act in those situations where you are a guest. Then think about how you can be a guest in your own life. Are you slacking a little with your writing or freelance work? If so how would it be different if you were writing or working for someone else (a guest post, for instance). What about around your house? Are you courteous with your family? Prompt to clean up? What about in your head and stress areas? Do you need to relax more?

When my husband and I were re-painting and re-doing some of the master bedroom in our house we couldn't sleep in our room. We had to move out. It was irksome. Clothes in one place, bathroom in another. I just wanted it over already!

Then we slept in our guest room - waking up on a bright, beautiful Saturday morning. It was amazing. I had never been a guest in my own house, never experienced the wonderful bedding I so painstakingly picked out, never noticed how inviting the space really felt. I awoke refreshed, no longer frustrated with the slow going, and feeling pampered. 

Funny enough, when the time came to "go home" and move back into our bedroom I didn't want to go. It felt good being on vacation. It was refreshing being a guest. 

Now when something gets frustrating and the process isn't going as I want (especially writing), I like to think "how would this be different if I were a guest?"

How would you be different if you were a guest?


Anonymous said...

Hey, I might try that trick and stay in one of our guest bedrooms. I never thought about it, but in one room I have a mini-bar and a basket full of pampering items. I think I'm going on vacation! Maybe I should turn our bedroom into something cool like this. You're giving me inspiration. I'm redoing our bedroom. Now, to tell hubs....

Brandi said...

What an interesting idea! Honestly, I'd really love to ACTUALLY be someone's guest as it's been so long since I've taken a real relaxing vacation. Maybe over my spring break. We'll see.

k said...

I have done that too!!! Sometimes I sleep in there just for the fun feeling :)

Penny said...

Very thought-provoking post...I behave so much differently as a guest then as the master of my own home! Perhaps I should expect as much out of myself at home as I would while visiting someone else. My life would probably be a lot less chaotic (and cleaner), if I did.