Prose by Wayne Visser
~ Home is wherever we feel we most belong ~Where is home for you? What place do you feel most drawn to? Is there somewhere that longs for your return? Perhaps home speaks to you of roots, of the place where you were born or grew up? If you close your eyes, you can probably still conjure up the familiar sights and sounds and smells of your youth. Or perhaps it is somewhere you have visited that felt strangely like home? The attraction to our home – to that place where we feel we most belong – is like the irresistible pull of gravity. Home is our centre of gravity, where we are in balance, content, not feeling like we should be somewhere else. It is where we feel centred, grounded, like the bush trail sign for home – a circle with a dot in the middle. Home is that place we return to and know for the first time, where we come full circle. For some, this point of return, this place of belonging, is inseparable from the land – it is literally their homeland. The land is the map of their heritage, the Rosetta stone for deciphering their history, the storybook of where they come from and where they are going. It is their origin and their destination – the home of their ancestors is their home and the home of their descendants. The urge to find our home and return there is as powerful as the vortex of a hurricane. But it is not an ominous force. We are drawn to our home because it is a place of rest, of refuge, a calm eye in the midst of the storm. Home is where we feel most comfortable, where we can be ourselves, stripped of all our masks, without the pretensions we wear for the world outside. We long for home because it is homely. It is the source of our energy, our identity, our self-esteem. In one way or another, home is the tribe to which we belong. Our tribe may be local, national, or increasingly, unlimited by geographical boundaries. In today’s interconnected reality, we are free to seek out and find the group of people who most closely reflect our interests, passions, dreams and aspirations – our soul tribe. Have you located your soul tribe yet? Because on this web-linked planet, home can be wherever you lay your hat. But, like the sorting hat in the Harry Potter stories, where you are placed is never random. Your home must be where you experience the best fit, among a community of people who care about you because of who you really are. What distinguishes a home from a house is people. Relationships are the essential ingredient in the recipe for a good home. Indeed, it is because home is where the heart is, that homelessness is so cruel and heartless. The homeless are cut off from others, they have lost their connection to a supportive tribe, been left to wander in a desert of isolation. Many more people are homeless than we see on the streets – people who are searching for their place of belonging in a bewildering world. So how do we find our home? It is not as difficult as we might first think. We must simply follow the light. What place makes us glow inside? What tribe helps us to shine brighter? Which relationships are full of the warmth of home fires burning? Our answers will lead us to that special place that we can call home. So as you venture out in the world today, be sure to carry your flame of belonging with you – your precious home from home.
Wayne Visser © 2005
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