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Prariephoto © 2008 Jim Sneddon | more info (via: Wylio) Dustin Elliot recently wrote on his Facebook Fan Page: “Back home. Real life begins again.” According to the same fan page, he and his wife had an anniversary trip.  Then, he participated in a bull riding event in Ashville, North Carolina.  Dustin is currently eleventh in the PBR Build Ford Tough Series.  While most of us will never know the life of a professional bull rider, we can appreciate the real life part of being back home.  Being away from home allows us to challenge the usual way of doing things.  Being away from home encourages us to have new experiences and adventures.  Being away from home with all of the responsibilities and prescribed activities, allows us some time to consider our options. When we are in a new place, we can decide to do things in a new way.  We can decide to live more boldly.

Being away from home also allows us to appreciate more fully the blessings of home.  When we are removed from the situation of our everyday lives, we are able to see the blessings that are a part of our everyday lives.  We are able to appreciate the people who make home a place we enjoy.  We are able to recognize that in our everyday are extraordinary moments.

If you are able to spend some time away from home this summer, then allow the away time to influence you.  Be more bold in  your living.  Be more aware of the blessings of home.  Allow the time away to teach you how wonderful the real life you have at home is.  Time away allows us to appreciate home.

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