What matters most

What matters most is family. It’s is our only constant, the North Star that points us home.

Brrr, but warmed by the love a family.

‘Home,’ he mocked… ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.’ Robert Frost

No matter what – through thick and thin, in health and sickness, they are always there. Your role will change. From doting parent, to guiding hand, to one who pays the check, through holidays for years to come. Come home! It’s the circle of life. And that’s beautiful – because this is your herd, no less than the elk crossing the river in Spring, Monarchs fluttering on a summer breeze, salmon swimming up stream in Autumn, wild geese flying South in Winter, to a place they call home.

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Home is a Happy Place

Home is a port in a sea of storms, a refuge on a high hill from worries and cares, a sanctuary from stress, a happy place where we gather with those we love.

I like to smile, to surround myself with people who laugh and love life. As for the rest, let’s “keep them at bay”.

“To keep something at bay”

The origin of words and phrases has always interested me.

“To keep something at bay” is one of those phrases that pops into conversation from time to time. At first, I thought it had something to do with water and ships; you know, the English are attacking the French at Calais, and the English warships are keeping the French fleet holed up in the harbor.

But no, it appears, the phrase has something to do with dogs. The word “bay” derives from the French, meaning the “deep-toned howl of a dog.”

From the condition of chasing and being cornered came the phrase “to keep at bay”. Specifically, dogs baying at an attacking bear, keeping him or her from causing harm to the dogs’ owner or the dogs themselves. Barking hounds were said to be “at bay” when they were kept from attacking an intruder onto the home grounds.

Dogs are still good at keeping door to door salesmen at bay. Now if we could only find a way to deal with robocalls.

A Man’s Home is His Castle

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A man’s home is his castle, a woman’s too. Keep in mind Queen Elizabeth II owns Windsor Castle and Balmoral too, and I won’t even get into her many palaces and country estates.

A home can be as simple as a one room flat, a cottage by the lake, a cabin in the mountains. All one needs is a bed, a stove, and a place to sit, and plenty of love. Home, as Robert Frost says, is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

There is an old saying that one should leave one’s work at the office and one’s worries and cares at the door. A home should be Stressless.

Be kind, always be kind, and humble, as Tim McGraw says.

This month give $50 to charity, save on Stressless, and leave your worries at the door.

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