It has been said that, in a sense, all sickness is homesickness. Like the extraterrestrial in E. T. or Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we all carry with us a memory and a longing for something left behind. We yearn for home. What is your image of home? Close your eyes, relax, and allow an image of home to come to your mind. What is the landscape, the season, the time of day? Who is there, what do you see, and what can you smell? Pay attention to the details, and bring your senses into play as you explore your image of home. Now ask yourself, “What is required for me to realize this gift of home?” Our nostalgia for home shows us not just where we come from, but where we are going; not just our heritage, but also our destiny. Regardless of your childhood experience, home is rightfully a place of belonging, safety, and comfort; it is the place where your most precious treasures are kept…
There is a treasure, the fulfillment of existence, that we search for everywhere. But it can be found in your own home, under the hearth, within the circumstances of your current life. When you find it, you build a house of prayer in your heart.

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness

by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl