April 8, 2017
Home Is Your Safe Place
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou
What makes home your safe place? Is it a feeling of comfort that nothing can destroy? Is it knowing that this is the place where you can be yourself at all times without fear of criticism or envy? Could the fact that nothing has changed there for most of your life be a factor? Do your emotional ties to home be the overriding consideration?
In reality, home is all these things and more. It’s also true that home needs to be a safe place in order to really be a home. Otherwise, it’s just a house, an abode, resting place or an in-between stop.
When you come home you feel like you can shed the troubles and pressures of the day. Whatever happened on the commute, that worrisome project you couldn’t finish on time, the string of complaint calls you took – all that can fade away as you walk through the door to your sanctuary, your home. No one can invade your safe space. This is your carefully nurtured and maintained castle where you can live as you please.
At least, that’s what home should be. For many, however, home is much different. Instead of embracing it as their safe place and doing everything possible to nourish and protect it, they allow daily stresses and worries to follow them across the threshold. Now, instead of feeling free to go as they are and not be questioned, they feel the weight of those troubles on their shoulders, questioning themselves in the process and never feeling the healing balm of their sacred, safe space.
Make home your safe place as it truly deserves to be. Lay aside the daily grind and welcome the opportunity to return to this familiar and embracing place. It’s safe here. It’s where you belong. No matter where you travel or how far away you are, home always beckons. It’s the safe place you know you can always come back to, to refresh, replenish, revitalize and renew.
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