2010-06-04 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Home Sweet Home
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES The children are returning home from various colleges and programs abroad. What a relief to have them safe and sound and in their own bed. Feathered the nest, I have done, in anticipation. It has been a long, cold winter and I have missed my youngest chick.

According to the adage, we must “give them roots to grow and wings to fly.” My son chose to venture away from home for his college experience. My daughter chose to stay rooted in Terra Firma and commute to college. Different styles of growing, different environments yield perfect plants and their fruits.

“Grow where you are planted,” my Mom used to tell us. Adapt to the circumstances in which you find yourself. This rings true as I marvel at the resilience of the children returning home as adults. Each one made their own unique adaptations which allowed them to blossom. They are all so beautiful and brilliant!

In early spring this year, I started seedlings for my garden. My mothering instinct could not be held back any longer. I planted them on Mother’s Day. As I uprooted them from their small container into a spacious pot, I worried if they would make it. The tendrils were so fragile. Past experience has taught me that nature favors life. Indeed, it is a fact that life moves toward positive growth when it is in a rich soil, with nutrients, has light and love and a harmonious environment.

These are the elements which make up a home. Home sweet home. As the children return home from college and you must ‘remember’ yourselves in relation to one another, keep it simple and sweet. As the younger children give way to the rukus that flows from the wild abandon of school rules, keep it simple and sweet. The environment you create for them now, is likely the one they will recreate in their own nuclear families. This is what the doctors mean when they tell you that your “condition” is hereditary, genetic. As people, we replicate that which has been a factor in our environment, good and bad. Creating a sweet home, a soft place to fall is sure to produce healthy offspring. Strengthening the DNA with positive emotions of love and self confi- dence will yield good fruits for generations to come.

Nature teaches us one grand lesson. We are all a part of the whole Grand Plan. Home sweet home is where you find yourself at the beginning and at the end of every breath. With a bit of conscious aforethought, you can plant the seeds that will become the Terra Firma of your life, the home from which you will grow steadily and securely. Home sweet home ultimately rests in your own Heart. Open your home to others and let the love light shine!

May The Blessings Be!

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