Friday, 4 March 2016

Houses and Homes

Cave House in Spain

“Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally “count our blessings,” give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have.” — Shakti Gawain

It is easy to take the ordinary every day things for granted and a home and all it means can be one of them. We can easily find fault with where live or what we would like better.

In the UK more people are being evicted because they can’t afford the high rents. Homelessness doesn’t just happen to drop outs and hippies. In London the average rents are £1,500 a month (the Guardian Newspaper 12th February 2016).

In many parts of the world people are without adequate shelter because of bad weather, wars or poverty.

Today: I pause and take a look at my home. The building itself, safe from earthquakes.  All that makes this place home, not only possessions, but people and memories. All that it means to me today and has done over the years - good neighbours, a place for family to be together, for friends to come and share and the occasional stranger, a shelter from the storms and a place to be. I am thankful.

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