We always speak of home ownership as the "American Dream" and we've long thought of our homes as a great investment. For those of us who sell real estate, the financial investment aspect of home buying and selling is typically the primary thing we discuss with our clients. So it's easy to overlook the fact that our homes also are/should be safe havens for ourselves and our families. Our homes being our safe havens and places of refuge is more important than ever as we all live through the Coronavirus pandemic and are being asked to shelter in place as much as possible.
As Sally Clarkson said: "We need a home—but not just any home. Home needs to be a haven of safety, acceptance, and unconditional love, a place where we can rest and find refuge from all the devastating and depleting parts of life. When the storms and difficulties come, home should be the first line of defense against despair. This is why we must guard our homes as if they were our very lifelines. Because they are!"
Sally Crane got it right... our homes do need to be havens of safety... places of refuge from the devasting parts of life such as we are experiencing right now, and the first line of defense against despair.
Although I've always considered my homes my refuge from the world and my private place to recharge, I'm looking at my home very differently these days... as a physical safe haven -- something I've never given much thought to in the past... maybe because I didn't need to until now. I'm also realizing more than ever that maintaining a mindset of safety and positiveness is totally in my hands. And I dare say that after this pandemic is over, most of us will never look at our homes in quite the same way. I know that I won't.
"For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind."
... Eleanor Everet
"Safety is 30% common sense; 80% compliance and the rest is good luck."
... Barry Spud
"Precaution is better than cure."
... Edward Coke
"The safety of the people shall be the highest law."
... Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct."
... Alexander Hamilton
"It is better to be safe than sorry."
... America Proverb