I’m writing this as I sit in Dublin Airport, a wonderful couple of weeks spent in Ireland. I spent time in Galway, cycling the western coast and Connemara and a couple of days at a world heritage site, the Giants Causeway. But I sit here on a five-hour delay for my flight to Chicago writing this post. I know some of you are having a sudden sense of deja vu, didn’t I just write about a 5 hour delay and a flight to Dublin, yes I did. This time on the other side of the pond on another 5 hour delay.
When last delayed I took to the time to reflect and write about patience and attitude and how the impact of the delay really related to your own personal attitude and what you make of it. This time however my thoughts are understandably focused on home. Those who know me well know that I’m a bit of gypsy. No single place seems like “home” to me, home is where I am, where my head and heart have taken me, as such, I’m always home. However even as a gypsy I have to admit there is comfort and happiness in the familiar. In returning home there is familiarity, comfort and most of all your own bed. I know I’m supposed to talk about coming home to the people in my life but my family genetic and selected are spread all over the world and so my focus today, what will bring me the greatest happiness once the odessy of flights I’m on today are completed will be sleeping in my own bed and of course, a pizza.
The bigger issue around coming home though is the concept of returning. It is important in our lives, no matter what we do or where we go, to always return to the calm center of our lives. For some this is home and family, for others it is a place in our head and our hearts, perhaps time alone to meditate and reflect. It will be another 20 hours before I find myself on my meditation pillow, returning and not much longer than that back to my own bed.
So I hope today you will consciously take the time to return, physically or mentally to that calm center and embrace the peace of that place. This will take you just a bit further toward having a happy day. ~ Rev Kane