This 4th element of design is perhaps the one that singularly more affects the whole of all the other elements. It is where we attribute our own personal choices and designate a focal point. On purpose, we elevate it to a position of importance and preeminence.
If you are a newlywed you are probably making your husband a top priority, as it should be. Later on in life, once you have children, they are now your emphasis and an understanding husband will relinquish some of his importance for the well-being of the children.
A life cycle will insist upon emphasis to be placed and alloted differently at different stages of life. Just as seasons affect how we choose to dress for comfort, stages of life will affect your particular emphasis and choices, in order to balance and stay comfortable.
We live in an age of comforts. For most of us we have more comforts and conveniences than any generation before us. In today’s society emphasis has made a major shift in our daily lives. Women no longer make their families clothing, they buy it. Most kitchens have every imaginable convenience to save us from toil in any task. And even with all those marvelous tools, some don’t get much use. Sound familiar! It is a truth and hearing the truth is not always pretty!
I believe comforts and conveniences have brought on neglect of our families well-being, in excess of the benefits they were designed to provide.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are wrapped in times of watching and participating is daily tasks with my mother. Learning how to make things. I love to sew because my mother loved to sew. I love to cook because my mother loved to cook. I take pride in being a homemaker as my mother did.
A job well done in my home matters more to me than any pat on the back or promotion outside my home. That is because “Home is where the heart is”. We can neglect our homes and the hearts of those we love, if we are unconscience or uncaring of where Emphasis is placed in our daily lives.
Definition of Emphasis
- special importance, value, or prominence given to something.
synonyms: prominence, importance, significance, value; stress, weight, accent, attention, priority, preeminence, urgency, force .
- force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to something.
- special consideration of or stress or insistence on something
I cannot evaluate your life choices and where you place emphasis in your life, but those who know you can.
What benefits are provided by what is emphatic in your life? Do your choices bring peace, harmony and contentment to you and those whom you love? Or do they cause negative things like, stress, neglect, fatigue or ill-health.
Since we live with such comforts and conveniences, let us be on guard for how we choose to fill all those extra hours of our days that they afford us. Let it not make us lazy or neglectful nor elude us into thinking we can take on and balance more than we should with those extra hours.
Your family knows what is important to you, do you? They see it everyday in your life choices and emphasis. And if they are children, they will probably love to do what mommy does.