Home. A deceptively small four-letter word, but carries a meaning that we often overlook or take for granted. Home. A place where we are truly ourselves, where we let our guard, and our hair, down.
In essence, a home is much more than bricks and mortar. It goes far beyond the intricate work of the best architects, planners and interior designers. A home is more a state of mind, it is a collective spirit, a shared environment or a single person appreciation of its heartfelt splendour. No matter how artfully arranged or how simplistic, we cannot run away from the fact that a home is where we live.
When we think of home, the subconscious message that illustrates our interpretation is, home is where the heart is.
What does the word ‘home’ mean to you?
It seems like a simple question, but the answer is slightly more complex. In many ways, a home embodies how we live and see ourselves. These partitions of spaces evolve when we focus on what makes us happy.
That being said, it is sometimes easier said than done. It requires reflection and thoughtful choices, but it is a rewarding process. When we create a place that meets our needs and expectations, we start to see and feel its characters. Hence, our home shines a light on what happens when we focus on what we value.
When you are viewing properties and you walk into some homes, we instantaneously feel a connection, with a sense of peace and tranquillity. The truth is, it’s not just because we enjoy the company or you have an admiration for the décor. It is something else. The space feels authentic, a genuine reflection of the person or family who lives there. No wonder, in many cases, we tend to put an offer on a property based on those feelings.
Perspective is everything. It’s also easy to get caught up in the structure, square footage, amenities, and appearance when that isn’t the whole picture of what a home is. The answer to this question is, in simple terms, “home” is the place where you feel in control, it is your space; it is a predictable and secure place.
If you are reading this and you are at home, just look around and bask in the glory of the place you call home. Feel the pleasure and blessing of having a dwelling that you love. So often we look around our home and instead of appreciating and focusing on what we love, we see other things that don’t matter.
Most of us have many things in our home that bring us joy and gratitude and a feeling of love for our homes but for some reason, we fuss about what we don’t have or don’t like or what we want to update and improve! Let’s learn how to love the home we live in right now.
There is not another single thing that will permit you to love the home you have, as the simple act of being grateful that you have a home. Gratitude for our homes can open our eyes up to the joys of housekeeping and sputtering and making a house a home. It lets us see our home for the amazing gift it is.
It is hard to dispute, the word home is one of the most evocative words in any language. Whether it’s a cabin in a secluded location, an apartment, a suburban semi, a penthouse or an igloo, the familiarity and domesticity of home usually provokes relief when you arrive.
The question is, why?
What is it about being in a specific place that makes us feel so good?
It is no secret that individuals develop very strong emotional attachments to the places that they live. These affectionate bonds between people and places go by a variety of names, including “Topophilia,” “Rootedness,” and “Attachment to Place.”
A strong attachment to the place that you live results in greater satisfaction with your home and expectations of future stability in that place. These feelings transcend attachments to other people in the area and represent a genuine affection for the physical location itself, and the passage of time strengthens our attachment to the places that we live.
This is because our physical surroundings play such an important role in creating a sense of meaning and organisation in our lives, it is not surprising that our sense of the place we live is closely tied to our sense of who we are. For instance, we will spend one or two weeks in a country described as paradise, but yet, by the end of the holiday we cannot wait to get home.