Our lives are filled with countless interactions in which we have to show up with different parts of who we are. And many times this requires us to work and engage with others outside of our natural gifts and abilities. While this is just a normal part of life, it’s still nice to come home where we can be known for who we truly are and just be ourselves.
For example, the clothes we wear out in public or to work are not generally the same ones we would wear on a lazy day just hanging out around the house. And it’s not that our work clothes are uncomfortable per se, but it’s still nice to have something more comfortable to wear when we’re at home.
And this is true throughout our life and relationships.
We regularly have to wear different modes and take on different responsibilities as we navigate life.
For instance, we have to be professional when at work and engage in various social pleasantries when out in public.
And it’s not that we mind any of these things. But it still requires something of us. And it’s nice when we can come home and not have to spend this extra energy to simply relate to others.
Being at home is that place where we can let our guard down and just be ourselves. This doesn’t mean anything goes, but there’s still a sense in which we can rest in our true selves.
And we’re surrounded by our people – those people who get us and who we’re not ashamed to show the backstage aspects of our life. Even when we’re challenged, we still feel known, accepted, and celebrated for who we are.
And, to be sure, our souls grow weary without someplace to call home.
In the end, it’s okay to visit and wear many different roles as life demands. But your soul still needs somewhere to call home in order to thrive.
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