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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home Is Where The Heart Is

I moved from California to Israel at age 18 and returned at age 29. Twenty years later I continue to discover new insights and impressions of my experiences.

In Israel I lived in new immigrant center, graduated University in Nursing and Midwifery, served in the Israeli army, and worked in a large city. All of these milestones created an indelible affect on me.

Upon returning to California, there existed a sense of trying to belong and reconnect to the idea of living in the land of America. Struggling with this for years, I tried to ignore the sense that I now felt somewhat foreign in both countries by focusing on the personal enrichments I gained living abroad.

But this kind of thinking undermined my sense of security. I’ve now come to realize that my sense of belonging is connected to the people I live and interact with in all aspects of my life.

I believe that if we focus on the relationships close to us and beyond; from those individuals we live with to the communities across the border, the issues of conflict over land and who belongs where will more likely fall into place in a peaceful way.

We are all inherently connected to each other by being inhabitants of the same land: Earth. Where we live is only part of the puzzle that creates our identity. Ultimately the relationships and bonds we create define our home.


Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your story! I too believe that my sense of belonging comes from the relationships I have with people, no matter where they are from. It seems to me that it may have been difficult for you trying to connect to the idea of "living in the land America" because this idea often isolates America from the rest of the world. I agree with you when you say we are all connected on this planet and love how you focus on relationships as your true home base.

Kind regards,


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

Maria Howe's picture


I think your sentiments are true for me as well. My relationship to community guides my feeling of connection to the land. Land is inherently communal so it makes sense to also see how our ties to community help cultivate how we define land, and our place on it. Thank you for sharing your story of finding connection to land.

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