Monday, November 22, 2004

The Spiritual Aspect of House-hunting

We're looking for a new house, a bigger house. Our house is great, but its an odd split-level. The entrance is into our living room, upstairs is the bedroom level, but downstairs takes you through a rather large dining room. We have a nice kitchen and about a quarter of a finished off basement. We have plenty of room, but its getting tight and I'm sick of having an over-sized, pass through dining room that doubles as a playroom. I'm ranting about my house-hunt on my other blog and realize I may be a bit dis-integrated, but I want to talk about the spiritual implications of the house-hunt on this blog.

Contentedness. A big part of enjoying the life God intended you to live seems to be being contended with what you have. Our materialistic society fights the notion of contentedness -- advertising is all about finding or creating discontent and then pitching a product that will purportedly alleviate this discontent. Advertising is the main reason I don't watch TV anymore, there are plenty of good shows that I wouldn't mind watching, but I don't feel like trying to follow them while they are constantly interrupted by loud, obnoxious, frequently sexualized adverstisments.

Where am I with being content with my house while searching for another? Deep down, I can't help but feel I'm being materialistic and unappreciative. I have a nice house -- a bedroom for each of us (well, I have to share one with my husband) and one to use as an office. We have all we need. We have more than many people have. But I want more. Most of the time I don't want much more -- a roomier kitchen for homeschooling reasons (it doubles as the science lab), a finished basement for some of the toys. A few rooms that aren't cluttered with kid stuff. Is it too much to ask? Probably not, but why do I have this gnawing feeling?

I'll go with the pat answer for now, that its okay to want a little more so long as I appreciate what I have and I keep it in perspective. Despite what a realtor might tell you, a house will not make you happy, not even the 'right' house. Its just a thing. I am happy and that should be enough. So why do I want a bigger house?


clanlally said...

You know...getting TiVo might be a cheaper way to go. $50 plus a monthly fee rather than a whole new house. :) I'm right there with you about the advertising. TiVo pretty much eliminates 90% of it from our (clanlally's) lives. We only watch a handfull of shows, but we record them and zip through the commercials. I really dont know how I lived without TiVo. Its got all sorts of way cool recording options. And I am not a tv junkie by any means. I like what I like and thats it. Right now...Im going to watch football. :)

Marjorie said...

I know if I had TiVo I'd be watching way too much TV. Shows I'd watch if I were going to watch (some of these are also shows I used to watch): West Wing, Gilmore Girls, That 70s Show, Arrested Development... I find Netflix meets my needs, though I wish they'd release the last DVD of Sex and the City -- I know what happens, I read the newspaper accounts, but I love that show. I'm also getting into Curb Your Enthusiasm.