Where’s home?

HomeMany of us will be going away this summer, taking a break somewhere near or far. I’m off to France.

When travelling we see people outside of our usual home town and what’s usual for them feels unusual for us. What’s exciting for us may be mundane for them. We often feel, think and act differently when we’re away from home.

It’s the familiar things which make us feel confident, safe and most able to be ourselves. Where no-one knows us we may feel more able to take a risk or do something we don’t usually do at home.

Is there a better place than amongst those whom we love and where we have a sense of belonging, where we feel at home?

A sports team can be a place like this, if it’s functioning well and has the right values. Knowing we are loved, valued and accepted for who we are and what we contribute to the whole is an important part of our well being.

We may be a small part but with others we make a whole and we are all of equal worth. We should all have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.

There’s no place like home when home is where we are loved, where we belong and where the needs of others are as our own needs.