Who, Where, and What Is Home?
I’ve been thinking lately about the subject “How should we define home?”
Is home simply the structure where we live? The city or town where we live?
Such definitions seem narrow.
I’ve come to the view that home is a combination of people, place, and purpose.
Home can be something we are doing as much as a geographic location. Home can be how we feel when we are with a certain person. Or, if you’re lucky, you can feel at home with more than one person.
Here is my view of home—
People—Who are people we enjoy spending time with? Who do we trust? Who can we share memories with? Who do we look forward to being with in the future?
Place—Where do we feel comfortable? Where can we most be ourselves? Where do we have past? Where do we have a future?
Purpose—What are the things we do with our time that give life meaning? What has given our lives meaning up to now?
Here are some pictures showing how this defintion of home works for me—-
People—Whenever and wherever I am with my wife, I am at home. Here we are in Boston. There are also friends and family I feel at home with.
Place—Galveston, Texas has been my home away from home in the ten years I have lived in Houston. It’s a place I can take a walk and think about life. Galveston will recover soon from the effects of Hurricane Ike.
Purpose—I take satisfaction in communicating my beliefs and knowledge to others. I enjoy the process and act of communicating.
These are the things that define home in my life. You will have your own ideas about who, where, and what home is in your life.