Nesting: HOME Again

Creating a sense of home is the inspiration for Nesting and Wherever we live, for whatever length of time, we all want to feel safe, seen, understood, encouraged, and appreciated.  The movie Rocketman about Elton John’s life brought this discussion to mind again.

Apparently, all that Reggie (Elton) wanted from his dad was a hug and acknowledgement. And from his mom some genuine care. Thank goodness for his grandmother who cared for and encouraged him as a person and as a musician. Lacking a sense of a supporting-parent home, Reggie’s intense journey into music and the transformation into being (and owning) Elton Hercules John as his personhood unfolds before us.

Visiting home again – his mother’s and his father’s (who now has two sons whom he hugs) – at the beginning of his global rise to fame, Elton discovers that neither parent has changed their behavior toward him. He chooses to forge ahead anyway, with life and his career. The world has enjoyed his music, performances, and messages for decades; many of us not realizing the challenges he overcame in his early life and early career.

HOME again. Sometimes a return to our family home of origin brings comfort, sometimes it brings pain. Either way, we can choose the home we create for ourselves and our immediate families. Kindness, laughter, support, and encouragement may be what you choose for your home. If you find that lack of kindness, support or encouragement exist in your home, look for ways to bring them into your daily lives. HOME is defined by our feelings and our experiences more so than having a roof overhead or food to eat.

HOME Again is an opportunity to revisit how you want your home to be and to feel. Every day you get to create what your sense of HOME is – for yourself and for your family and friends. What does your HOME feel like today? Is it what you want? What you need?

Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive during our workdays. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for a deep sense of home. –Jana

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