This is the end of my 30 Days of Gratitude blog posts, but not necessarily the end of my blogs. I'll be going back to my regular collection of random thoughts and encouragement. There will still be some gratitude, but it will be nice to take a break. Do you know how hard it is to come up with 30 different gratitude concepts that don't overlap too much? Thank goodness for the spreadsheet that helped me keep track of each days expression of thankfulness.
To wrap up the month, I wanted to be able to encompass everything I'm grateful for in one word. In all its connotations, the one word that gives me that feeling of "thankful" more than any other, is
There are so many things that mean "home" to me. First of all, it's my wonderful husband Steve and my two fur-babies Sherman and Stella. When I get back to the house after a long day at work, there are three beings who are so happy to see me. When I walk in the door, I'm home.
I have some co-workers that I've connected with in a way that, even after 3 months, feel like family. When i get to the office every day and see their smiling faces, I feel like I'm at home. I haven't had a job like that in a very long time, and I am so much "at home" in my job that it is incredibly gratifying.
Finally, I have a collection of friends that are a respite from trials and tribulations that can come up in life. Friends in Sacramento, friends here in Clearlake, and friends here on SP, that have given me such joy that I am filled beyond capacity when I'm in the presence of such love. When I am with them/you, I am home.
So I will leave you with this graphic. I've been thinking about it for a few days. There's the old expression that a house is just a building, but a home is where the heart is. But it's more than that. Home is where many hearts bond together and create an environment that is nurturing and loving and cherished.
So remember that "home" isn't just where you live, it is wherever you feel that connection with others that you want to be there, for as long as you are in that place. It might be for a moment, or it might be for a lifetime, but you always know that it's home.
I hope you have home everywhere you go and wherever you are, and that you always feel that love and specialness that comes from being "home".
I'm grateful that I have a home that I love, with a husband, dogs, co-workers, and friends that love me, and for all of you that have created an online home that makes me just as grateful to sign on, check in, and track what I need to track.
My heart is full. My life is grand. My gratitude is overflowing, because I'm home.