What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)
I’ve decided to focus on the “bonus” element of this prompt, as the prompt itself seems a little too grandiose for lil’ ol’ me.
The most consistent message that seems to come through in what I’ve written in the last month or so is that while travel and new challenges are important to me, home is more so. Looking back, this is the way it has always been, except that the last year has – after many years of flux – seen me really settle, come to rest in the place I live:
Home is an oasis of calm and warmth rather than the lonely, echoey place it used to be. (Dec 5) .
It is thus not exactly surprise that writing on 1 December I chose the word homecoming to characterize the year 2010.
Home and home improvements have also featured large in a number of creative and organizational projects past and future – it’s all to do with nurturing this sense of belonging and making up for a lot of half-hearted, makeshift arrangements and solutions in the past.
Many people are not contented unless they have already planned their next holiday or far-flung expedition. Happiness, for me, is more likely to be the end of a journey than the journey itself, as seen in the moment I chose to describe on 3 December. But homecoming can also be seen in a wider sense in this way, as the coming to rest, even the coming to terms, after a stage of a journey, and even if the “home” is a temporary one in the form of a tent.
Home, ultimately, is nothing to do with bricks and mortar but is something you carry within yourself so long as you feel the love of the right people around you and have the comfort of enough to eat and drink. Or at least that’s the way it works for me.