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following true north
ponderings along the path
During my 20+ year career in residential real estate I must have walked through literally thousands of houses. At the end of the end of the day, after all the other questions were asked and criteria discussed my final question would always be, "Which one feels like home to you?" (please click Read More below)
I would then send my clients off with the task of identifying what "home" really meant to them on an emotional level. Our concept of home is highly personalized and subjective. The physical image that we each carry is usually a combination of our past experience and present day cultural influences. Home on the emotional level is far more complex and often mysterious, but to discover what makes up our true feeling of home is a challenge that is well worth taking on. Once you understand what it means, you can begin to collect the elements that trigger those feelings.
It may not be the physical space that is important at all. It might be the number of east facing windows in the living room, a view of trees from the kitchen window or the sound of a local train somewhere nearby. You might need a screen door on the back porch that makes that peculiar slapping sound when the spring pulls it shut. These things are all pieces in the jigsaw puzzle called you.
Whatever the secret formula is, when your home "fits" you on an emotional level, you will know it. Sitting alone in its quiet spaces doesn't feel lonely; it brings a sense of calm and comfort. In the dark of night you can walk through the rooms and hear your footsteps echo in the silence while the world sleeps and feel a certain magic. When the first light of morning seeps through windows and curtains, your eyes open to the soft touch of familiar and your heart says, "Yes, I remember this . . . This is home"