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As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is. The Holiday season is surely a time to be grateful for your home, the resting spot for your body, and the place to renew your spirit.
Home means different things to different people. Some folks prefer that their home be placed in a crowded, bustling city. Others call the quiet countryside a place to call home. And lots more others make their home in a place that’s somewhere in between.
Do you love to be home? Not everyone does. “Homebody” doesn’t fit all people and personalities.
For some, home is a merely a form of shelter and a crash pad to drop by every now and again.
On Christmas, Mary and Joseph made a makeshift home from whence to welcome the birth of God’s son, Jesus Christ. For them, the manger with sweet hay and soft lowing of animals, was a good enough home that night.
Home is what you make it.
The word “home” can conjure up painful memories to some. A household that’s rife with conflict and dysfunction certainly doesn’t feel like a safe place to rest your heart. A house where deprivation is a fact of life may not feel like home, either.
If you grew up in a home full of love and comforts, then be glad for this! It’s something that we tend to take for granted.
Exercise 29: What does home mean to you?
Think about your childhood home. What did you love about it? What aspects of your home life could you have done without?
Did you have certain attachments related to your home growing up that now color your adult life? Rituals that your family always participated in, comfort foods, things that you always did with family?
Did others see your home as a welcoming place? When someone came to visit you at your home, did you feel proud of your family and at ease to have them in your territory?
- What did the house where you grew up look like?
- What about the yard? The street you lived on?
- What did the inside of your home look like? Was it happily disheveled, or tidy and free of clutter?
And the place that you call home in your adult life… is it modeled after your childhood home? Or did you happily cast aside aspects of your former home, in favor of creating a home space for yourself that’s more in line with your needs?
Think about how wonderful it is to have a home. Write about what makes your home feel comfortable and special to you.
Write about what changes you’d make to your home if you could. The changes can be physical, but they can also be about mental health.
Is your home a happy and balanced, nurturing environment?
Whatever and wherever it may be, give thanks for Home, Sweet Home!
30 Days Blessed Challenge
- Day 1: Attitude of Gratitude
- Day 2: Accentuate the Positive
- Day 3: Slow Down
- Day 4: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
- Day 5: A Cup of Self-Reflection
- Day 6: Give Thanks for the Simple Things
- Day 7: Hard Times Help Us Appreciate the Good
- Day 8: Nourish Your Soul
- Day 9: Surprise Gifts
- Day 10: Celebrating the “Moments between the Moments”
- Day 11: Take Your Cue from a Child
- Day 12: Appreciating the Wisdom of Our Elders
- Day 13: Grateful for Your Family in All Their Beautiful Imperfection
- Day 14: Commune With Nature
- Day 15: Grateful for Your Powerful, Miraculous Body
- Day 16: Grateful for Your Powerful, Amazing Mind
- Day 17. People with Special Needs Remind of What’s Really Important
- Day 18: Grateful for Creature Comforts
- Day 19: Honoring Your Mother and Father
- Day 20: Challenge Yourself to Live in the Present
- Day 21: Ode to the Bountiful Harvest
- Day 22: Be Thankful for Friends Near and Far
- Day 23. Happy About Your Life’s Work
- Day 24. Celebrating Beautiful Differences
- Day 25: Appreciation for Other Cultures
- Day 26: Beautiful Music Makes Life Worth Living
- Day 27: Your Inner Child is Calling
- Day 28: In Awe of Our Precious Planet
Loving Life — The Reboot!