For some people, their ideal home is one which is shared with other people, but others may be quite happy on their own, and prefer to live alone. Most of us need a balance between the two. In the first reading below, the Psalmist clearly expects to live with other people, and enjoys that, so long as they all get along!
W.B. Yeats' dream of a perfect home sounds much more solitary, but just as much longed for.
- What has your experience been of sharing a home or living alone?
- What are the positives and negatives for you?
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.