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The concept of home has inspired books, poems, songs, and movies, capturing the intense emotions and feelings of this sacred space. But what happens when life leads you away, and you find yourself in unfamiliar territory? Whether it’s the first time heading off to college, transferring for a new job, or making choices you would later come to regret, most of us have experienced what it’s like being away from the comforting embrace that only comes from our homes.

It begs the question, what makes home so special, and is it possible to find your way back once you’ve left? Let’s take a closer look at what it means to find your way home.

What Is Home?

For a millennia, people have asked the question of what makes a home so special. Home is so much more than four walls and a roof; it’s the people and memories you cherish in your heart.

It’s Christmas morning, unwrapping presents in your pajamas and Sunday dinners surrounded by family. Home can be anywhere because it’s more than a physical location; it’s the family and friends who make life worth living.

Sometimes, though, life leads us away from the comfort and familiarity of our homes, causing a sense of emptiness and loneliness. Fortunately, even if you’re thousands of miles away, there’s more than one way home.

Reconnection

Home is about connection, and one of the best ways to find your way home is through reconnecting with family and friends. Modern technology has made it easier than ever to maintain and rekindle relationships through social media, ancestry websites, Zoom, and even FaceTime.

Whether it’s been days, years, or decades, it’s never too late to reach out to the ones who matter most. Why not take a few minutes to text a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and just tell them you’re thinking about them? A phone call is always welcome, especially for older generations.

If you had a falling out, a written letter or note is an excellent way to reopen the doors of communication in a less intimidating way.

Relocation

For some, moving back to their hometown or city is a dream they can’t wait to make into reality. While it may not be possible for all, having the opportunity to move closer to family and friends is a blessing that few regret.

One of the best aspects of living close to home is the opportunity to see your children grow up with their cousins, never missing out on family gatherings, and creating memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

Imagine how incredible it would be to have a barbeque with your family surrounding you, watching as the people who make life worth living talk and laugh together

—or gathering together on the holidays and feeling the warmth and fullness in your heart. Being home is priceless, and the memories you’ll create are worth more than gold.

Visit In Person

If you feel comfortable, nothing compares to an in-person visit. Even if you can only stay a few days, being home will invigorate and restore you like no place else in the world. Take time to enjoy each moment, creating memories and experiences that you will hold dear. After all, there’s truly no place like home.

What If I Feel Like I Can’t Go Home?

Unfortunately, there are times in life when our choices may cause a rift with the ones we love, making it challenging to find the way home. If you find yourself in this type of situation, it’s easy to begin feeling hopeless and resign yourself to the belief that you can never go home again.

I want to encourage you; even if a wall has developed between family members, as long as you have air in your lungs, there is hope. It may take time, but staying patient and respectfully persistent often results in forgiveness and reconciliation. Here are a few tips you can use when trying to reconcile with your family that may help open doors and begin healing hurt relationships.

Be Apologetic

As children, we are taught to apologize when we’ve hurt someone, but as we age, it often becomes more difficult to ask for forgiveness. Whether it’s pride, stubbornness, fear, or anger, refusing to admit when you’re wrong can drive a wedge that worsens with time. If you’ve made mistakes and caused pain to your family, the first step toward healing is to apologize. It may not be easy, but admitting your mistakes and determining to move forward is the first step in finding your way home

Apologizing for your own mistakes is one thing, what do you do if you are the one who was hurt? If you’ve been the one hurt by your family, getting to a place of forgiveness can be incredibly difficult, especially if the incident was.

Talking to a therapist, praying, and rediscovering your self-worth are powerful tools for learning how to forgive, an act that will set you free.

It is important to note that there are situations where you may forgive but also choose not to reconnect with certain relatives or former friends. While this is always tragic, your safety should always come first.

Reach Out

As we stated before, reconnection is one of the best ways to begin your journey home. It may be uncomfortable at first, but over time, it becomes easier and more enjoyable. Many people choose to send a message over social media or a text, which is a great way to get started on a more neutral territory. You don’t have to say anything deep or profound; a simple “hey, how are you? It’s been a long time” is a great ice breaker.

If you’re looking to stay connected with your family, RTree is a groundbreaking app allowing you to share photos and videos securely with your loved ones anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to message a loved one privately and tell how much they mean to you.

We believe, family is where life begins, and love never ends!

Jim Dowdell

I am a 63-year-old, husband (42 years), father of 5 beautiful children, and grandfather of 8 precious grandkids.

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