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Home Is Where The Heart Is

"Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends."-unknown

Your home provides a sense of safety, security, and comfort. Inside our homes, we have shelter from the rain, snow, and sun. We can turn on the heat if we are cold and the air if we are too hot. We are away from the chaos occurring on the outside. We can choose to listen to music or enjoy the solitude of complete silence. Our homes provide us with peace. They are our personal sanctuaries, where we can release, relax and retreat. We can be ourselves in the most authentic form.

Due to the deadly pandemic COVID 19 we have been forced to shelter in place. Under normal circumstances home is one of our favorite places. But lately under this new normal, there are complaints of being bored, going stir crazy, mopping the ceilings, and yearning for the day that outside will be open again. Some people were blessed to be at home during this crisis for work, others are being forced to leave their homes because they are deemed essential, and some have lost their jobs altogether.

I’d like to remind everyone not to forget that it is a privilege to not only have a home but to be at home. After all, home is where the heart is. And there is no place like home. There are many people who would love to trade places with you right now from the healthcare workers at the bedside, environmental service workers disinfecting the surfaces, the cashiers at the grocery stores, the bus drivers, the truck drivers, deployed soldiers, those ill in hospital/nursing homes, those impoverished living on the streets, and those confined behind bars. Don’t allow negative thinking to consume you, instead count your blessings and cut your losses.

Every cloud runs out of the rain, every storm will eventually end, and the sun will be shining again.  We were blessed with a brain to utilize wisdom by listening to the social distancing guidelines, a heart to love all humanity by covering our mouths and properly washing our hands, and courage to press on in spite of our fears during times of uncertainty.

We must be anxious for nothing and appreciate the simple things. We normally complain about not having time but now we have all the time in the world! Take this time to put things into perspective and remember your objective. Prioritize self-care, quality time, and getting centered. What does the world need from you? What does God need from you? What is God demanding of the world?

 

I have a strong sense that once the restrictions are lifted people will revert back to their old habits longing to be home again. As human beings, we always want what we don’t have. As children, we couldn’t wait to be adults not realizing how good we had it. While at home before venturing out in the world we received direction, love, and affection.  As adults, we yearn to be children again. Someone once said home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends. Home is where the heart is. 

 

 

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