Home is important, we all need one but I don’t think it’s that healthy to get hung up on the bricks and mortar or even the place

For those who are too connected to your home, a move would seem out of the question; but we all have to move on at some point, so being overly attached will only bring grief and pain. There is no such thing as a ‘dream home’ it just a place to spend money on and time in, sometimes at the expense of a relationship.

You can find place and home wherever you are and with whomever you choose to share your life, though there are of course times when you may feel lost and alone and then home means so much. This happens for many of us when we lose a parent, a partner or a person very close to us. But this is transient, time heals and inevitably you will move on.

Our ‘homes’ need to be moveable; think of the emigration and immigration that is happening all around the world. Young people need to move to find work and the UK has been encouraging newcomers to our country for many generations. Where is home then?

Home is where you make it and this can be a caravan, a bed-sit, a semi-detached house or a mansion.  As the saying goes ‘you can’t take it with you’ and the over reliance on property has distorted the way so many of us choose, or can afford to live.

We need to think of a new life every day, meet new people, explore new places and build a life, however transient without the need for a permanent place. Do you remember the song, “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)”  (a song written by Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, and first recorded by Gaye in 1962. Years later, Paul Young’s version of the song was a UK No. 1 single for three weeks in July 1983) thanks Wikipedia..!

 I think that sums up a healthy relationship with home.

Personal empowerment is about not being needy for anything, so be grateful for your current ‘place of residence’ and know that home is in the heart, and with the people you love,  not in the building.

 Diane Holliday – smile happiness is catching!