Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family. Having both – is a blessing. – Donna Hedges
Many nights before our recent move, I would wake up and find myself pausing in the quiet sanctity of our home to feel a rush of gratitude for its four walls, its sturdy roof, its cozy interior that kept my family safe each day. I didn’t always appreciate my home in the rush of the morning, or the craziness of the evenings and late afternoons. But in the early hours of the morning, when everyone else was sleeping, I often felt a sense of peace and comfort, knowing that at least for that moment, we were all together and safe.
Recent news stories about families in a squatter’s community in Venezuela and families that just lost their homes in an apartment building in Gaza reminded me of those moments of quiet gratitude in the middle of the night and brought up thoughts of what it must be like for those families, or families all over the world, who do not have access to this most basic of needs, for safe housing.
The place we now call home is much different than the one I stopped and thanked in those early morning hours. From a quiet suburb in Maryland, we now call a high-rise apartment building in a large city in South East Asia our home, and yet, while it isn’t as cozy as our previous one, I still want to remember to hold on to that sense of gratitude for our home, wherever we are, because of the safety it affords us.
It is easy to take our homes for granted when they become the background to our busy lives, but if we are among those with a safe place to call home, in times of stress or other strong emotions, it can help to bring to mind this most basic of gratitudes – that we have a home that keeps our family safe, warm (or cool) and dry – and then return to the situation at hand with a new perspective. At the very least, we have this.
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What about you? Does stopping to feel gratitude for your home help to bring you a sense of peace?
Sharon, Author, “The Conscious Parenting Notebook.”