In the tv series The Big Bang Theory
, physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper is very precise about where he sits. When asked why he chose his particular spot on the couch, he explains:
"This seat is ideally located both in relation to the heat source in the winter and a cross breeze in the summer. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct so that it would discourage conversations nor at an angle that would causes a parallax distortion".
In fact, having claimed it, Sheldon is so possessive of his spot that no one is allowed to sit there, even when he's gone.
While most of us are not quite as tenacious as Sheldon in always needing to sit in the same place, it's not unusual to have a favorite spot on the sofa, a favorite side of the bed, a favorite chair in the kitchen or dining room. Without even thinking about it, that's where we end up.
To freshen the energy in your home, consider an experiment that, if nothing else, will make you a little more concious of the tiny moments in your life. For a few days this week, make an effort to change your habits. Sit in a different chair, sleep on the other side of the bed, try out some of the things you bought for guests. If you have a guest room or even a guest mattress or a couch you offer overnight guests, try them out. You may discover, like Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo did when she and her husband slept in their guest room one night, that things are not as welcoming as they seem. In Joanna's case, she was astounded to learn how noisy it was, and she purchased a white noise machine to cover up some of the more annoying sounds. Lumpy chairs may need a pillow, a throw or new upholstery to make them more comfortable. A spot in the breakfast nook may look out over the trash area. The other side of the bed may be drafty. Guest blankets may be itchy.
Or, if you're lucky, your home will be comfortable from every angle. And you can chalk up these few days as an exercise in mindfulness.
(Image: The Big Bang Theory/CBS. The show can be seen at 8pm on Thursdays on Channel 2.)