Read the Story and Listen to "When I Think of Home", a Piano Solo by Daniel Carter
What Do You Think of. . .
. . . when you think of home? Many people will have a lot of wonderful, happy memories. But there are some who perhaps, didn't have experiences that fostered good memories comforting images of home. Regardless of your past experience, I believe you can begin now to create memories that will fill your emotional bank account that will make the word "home" meaningful, safe, and wonderful.
I wrote a piano solo called "When I Think of Home." I wrote it after the failure of my own marriage. After I lost almost everything I had ever worked for. When my own children were estranged and very distant from me. When I wondered how my faith and belief had let me down so completely. I decided that my life wouldn't always be this way. I decided I could start rebuilding my life, creating experiences that are good, memorable, which would give me hope in my present life, and in the future.
My Brothers, My Mom, and I on the Far Right
Home Is Important
I wrote this piece as if I had already had enough of those great memories of home to keep going, keep loving, keep discovering what my own faith is, and live it.
What I know is this: reality is a mix of good and bad. But what it really is, is a series of experiences which allow us to become what we need to become. Without sorrow, we wouldn't be able to comprehend joy. Without bad, we couldn't know good. Without dark, we couldn't comprehend light. The more we fight reality in our lives, the more we will suffer. But there's something important that I've learned about this. Most every experience changes in time. One can never really tell what is going to be next, and curiosity of what is next can be wonderful. One can never predict what wonderful thing might happen, what remarkable person may appear in one's life. And yes, there will be bad days, bad experiences, but they are mixed in with the good.
And so then, if for any reason the word "home" to you is not about being safe, loved, and having wonderful memories, today is the day for you to begin to change that. Now is all there is for you to make your future better than this moment or any other.
Embrace it. Embrace this moment, embrace your life and love it, and fill it with home. Fill it with people who are or will become your family, regardless of blood relations.
Whatever your "home" was in the past, today is the day to make your home everything you hope it will be. Today is the day to reconnect with loved ones, forgive, get together, have a chat, make dinner together, or any number of thousands of other wonderful things to do. Home is not a destination. Home is where your heart really is, clichéd as that may sound. If your heart is at peace, home can be in a box as long as you are safe, and know you are loved. Today is the day to make your home.
Life Is a Journey
Along the journey of life, there will be meadows, deserts, mountains, valleys and more. Each has its own beauty, its own experience.
When you think of home, I hope it will be with happiness, filled with lots of wonderful memories.
The Music You Listened to Is in Tickling the Ivories
Order When I Think of Home, which is included in the piano solo collection, Tickling the Ivories.
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