Home is where the heart is
Home is where the heart is:
Let’s talk about what “home” entails. What does “home” mean for each of us? Is it the definition that is provided by multiple dictionaries or institutions? The OED (2016) defines “home” as “The place where one lives permanently,” or the one I like the best, “A place where something flourishes is most typically found, or from which it originates.” The most basic internet search for the definition of what “home” means produces many different interpretations, many of which are interesting and on point. Although these are great definitions I personally consider home as where you live every second of your life. Where would this be? Your heart and your mind are the only places where you truly live, so unless one is willing to look inside oneself, one will never be truly home.
We each harbor anger and pain; both can guide us through certain facets of our life; there are times when one needs to be angry, within limits. Being angry doesn’t mean one should go out and destroy everything in sight or want to fight everyone and anyone, as this will only cause more issues. Imagine walking around New York City (one of my favorite cities) at 1am in Greenwich Village as an angry teenager or twenty-something. You see a homeless man and he looks at you funny, so being young, full of testosterone and just looking to fight someone you engage. What are you staring at? The homeless man lets the young man do his stare down and forward advances of intimidation tactics, and then the homeless man talks. The older gentleman has the young man sit down and they talk.
What does this particular situation have to do with home? This man had nothing but the streets, but in his mind and heart he was home, because regardless of living conditions he was home in his heart. So, what was the lesson to the young man? The two men talked about life and then the teacher showed the young man how quickly he could have lost everything in a blink of an eye. He reminded him that everything one says or does has repercussions and sometimes those repercussions have deadly consequences.
So, ask yourself: What does your home mean to you?
See you in the next post!