18 Nov Day 2 Keep the Home Fires Burning
Anyone that knows me knows I am obsessed with fires in my fireplace. I buy fire logs the way most people buy toilet paper. I keep a box of paper logs in my hall closet all year and anytime the temperature drops below 70 degrees there is a fire in my fireplace. I have been known, on occasion, to violate the 70 degree rule and have a fire with the air conditioning on. I just can’t help it. I LOVE the warm glow of a fire in my fireplace. There is something so special about it. It gives me a feeling of comfort and joy that nothing else does. All the candles in the world can’t compare to a big beautiful fire.
I was trying to think of what it is specifically that I love so much about having a fire. What I realized is to me they are a portal out of the ordinary. Like an express train to specialness. When I light a fire it’s a message to myself and to my family that this moment is special. This isn’t just an ordinary Saturday morning or Wednesday afternoon. It creates a moment. A feeling of something more. Watching a movie becomes watching a movie by the fire. A glass of wine and a conversation when it’s by a fire is even better. It’s that something extra. And besides the magic and the spectacular lighting I think the reason I love fires so much is because they are an invitation for me to slow down.
When I have a fire going I want to sit by it and enjoy it. My to-dos suddenly are not as compelling as the chair, a cup of tea (or a glass of wine if it’s evening) and a good book. It’s another chance for me to have some quiet time when I can forget about everything and relax. Quite frankly it feels like a luxury. Like I’m spoiling myself. I think it’s important to do things like this for two reasons: it feels good (I’m all about doing stuff that feels good) and more importantly it sends a message to the people around me and to the universe that I am worthy. I’m worthy of enjoying things that delight my senses. I’m worthy of time to relax without feeling the need to accomplish something. I’m worthy of doing something for no other reason than because I enjoy it and it makes me happy. Those are some pretty powerful statements.
I believe we train other people how to treat us by the way we treat ourselves. So today, treat yourself. Light a fire in your fireplace. Have a glass of wine or a cup of tea and do something for yourself just because you want to. Bask in the warm glow, revel in the magic and the specialness of making an ordinary moment extraordinary. There is great joy to be had in that.