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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Remember, There's No Place Like Home

According to both of my astrological signs (Chinese and Western), I'm supposed to be home-loving. (Both of them also say I should have a weak stomach, which is sorta true.)

Why, then, would I have chosen the wandering life of a perpetual expat?

The truth is, wherever I sleep is home. It could be my dorm room here in China, a motel in middle America, or a friend's guest bedroom. When I close that door, I'm home. I love being home--wherever it is.

Once upon a time, I was a homeowner. And because there was something uncomfortable going on in the house before we moved in, we asked our (Episcopal) priest to come out and do a blessing (sort of an exorcism for spaces).

One line from the ceremony stands out in my mind. As we processed through the house, swinging incense and splashing holy water, the priest intoned: "Fill the space between these walls with angels."

Isn't that awesome?

This was a claiming of the space, a redeeming of it, making it a comfortable place for us to live.

Learn to savor your home. Be comfortable in it. Move around in it. Claim it. Fill the space between its walls with angels.

You'll be happier.

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