Home...What defines the word? A home is much different than a house in that, a house is a physical structure. A home lies within. It’s the place where we feel safe; and loved; and respected.
Home is also a feeling. It’s the place that centers us and brings us back to zero after a long day. It’s the space that waits for us each day and provides a constant predictable place for us to regroup, relax and rewind.
Home is also the people that make up our family. Our husband, wife, son, daughter, pet....whether they live with us or are on the other end of the phone; they are there to welcome us back, because we are part of their family too.
Home is a connector as well. For me, ‘home’ will always be where the roots of my heart were grown. I’m looking forward to traveling back to my ‘home’ state of Kentucky to visit my brothers and sisters, for they are the connectors to the past; my protectors who have loved me longest.
Oftentimes, our residents will ask to go ‘home’, but if you ask them where home is, they will give you an address that is either where they were raised, or where they raised their own family. Because, for all the reasons cited, those memories are the strongest for them. It’s where they loved and laughed and felt the safest.
So, pause and consider your own definition. It may not be a physical space, but a feeling. No matter where or what it is, find peace and comfort there....for that will be the place you’ll come home to.