We did a novel thing in my house last night. We ate dinner in the dining room.
It was all my daughter's idea. She set about placing candles on the table. She put out the plates. She brought out beverages and napkins. All in all she created the perfect place settings.
I went to plop myself where I always sit when I sit down to eat, in the middle, on the side, of the table. However, there was a different plan for the evening and I was seated in what I figured out to be northeast placement, at the end, with a full view forward of the living room and foyer.
What I noticed by sitting down to eat in the dining room is just how little of my house I actually pay attention to on a daily basis. From my vantage point, the house actually looked bigger. It dawned on me that the majority of my life is spent traversing a clear path from one room to another, mainly in the kitchen, backtrack to the family room, up the stairs to the computer, or down the hall to the bedrooms. Sometimes we'll hang in the living room for a short time (it offers wide open space for playing "keep the balloon in the air" or to set up a race track.) But I rarely, if ever, spend more than a minute in the dining room. It's usually to plop down supplies for an upcoming party on the fireplace, or to put a vase of flowers on the sideboard -- the only spot in the house the cat can't reach to eat the petals.
Even my son took in his surroundings with a new eye. "Hey," he said in amazement, "has that window always been there?"
We all sit around dreaming of bigger and better, when we actually have more than we know right under our noses. The headlines are crying out about a dismal housing market for sellers, a boon for buyers. But for those who choose, or have to, stay put for a while in their present lives, maybe you should try sitting in a different room for dinner. You may get a different perspective on just what space you already have, and what new, innovative things you can do with it to change your point-of-view without ever leaving home.