Zach and Zoe, pictured, are in their “safe spot,” where they feel that they belong and are accepted. I need to feel love and acceptance from others. I’m sure I’m not alone with that feeling. Moving to Little Rock in March was not a huge change for me, as I have been coming to the hospital here off and on for four years, because of my kidney transplant. However, I had my “people” in my previous home, in Northeast Arkansas. You know, those who love and appreciate me no matter what I look like, feel like, or act like. Gratefully, I realized as I left First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock yesterday that I have found my place of acceptance. I have been blessed to get to know a few people there very well over the last six months, and I truly feel cared about and accepted and loved by many of them. What a gift to have a feeling of belonging, a feeling of being able to share myself as I really am, a feeling of safety when I’m there. I’m sure there are many there who don’t like me, too, but the ones who do are giving me a real gift. I probably need to let them know that!! Do you have your “place” to go? Do you have your “safe spot?” Do you have your village to surround you and care for you? If not, I hope you find one soon. We all need a village, whether we like to admit it or not.