"Welcome home!" was the enthusiastic greeting I received
from the silver pony-tailed attendant at the check-in booth of the
Kerrville Folk Festival. "Welcome home!" smiled the
young woman to whom I paid my fee to keep my truck in the
campgrounds for the duration of my Memorial Weekend
When Dana asked me one of her favorite questions, "How did
your _____ (this time it was my weekend at Kerrville) touch your
soul?," I was surprised to find that those words, "Welcome home!,"
were still resonating deep within me. I heard myself acknowledge
that it felt good to hear the words spoken by a total stranger, and
yet, due to our common interest in live, original music, perhaps,
it hadn't felt like I was greeting a stranger at all. It was the
beginning of thousands of us sharing in an experience that was
almost instantaneously familiar . . . and imbued with
In response to Dana's question I began to analyze
why those two simple words had evoked such an emotional response in
me. "Welcome" I experienced as "You are wanted here" and "home"
purporting to be "a place of sanctuary." "You are wanted here in
this place of sanctuary!" Now tell me that doesn't make you feel
warm and safe!
As I continued to ponder this most fascinating matter, I
was reminded of a client of mine who was talking about his feelings
of loneliness and insignificance upon arriving home after a day at
the office. Apparently, it was not unusual for him to return home
to an empty house. If people were home, he might be met by
catatonic nods from his video-game-playing children or a finger
waggle from his telephone-encrusted wife. How "You are wanted here"
must that have felt?
So what does this have to do with intentional living?
Everything! In all honesty, how much energy would it take to intentionally be waiting
to greet our loved ones when they walk in the door of our "home,"
their place of sanctuary? As much energy as it takes to play a
video game or converse on the phone? Probably not even that much.
And yet, how powerful can such a simple act and those two words be
towards making one feel wanted, safe, and appreciated. Try it out
for yourself. The next time your loved ones arrive back home, to
their place of sanctuary, make sure you are there to "Welcome" them