I am reading a book by John and Stasi Elderedge right now called,’Captivating.’ And thought the following paragraph was worth passing along to the rest of you. It stoped me in my tracks. I’ve been thinking about it all day…what do you think of it?
" I was supposed to be writing last night, but instead sat on the couch thumbing through a Williams-Sonoma catalog. It calls itself " a catalog for cooks," but really, it’s a catalog of the life we wish we had. Everything is beautiful, delicious, elegant. The kitchens portrayed are immaculate – there are no messes. Cooking there would be a joy. The tables are sumputous with their beautiful place settings, wine glasses brimming with nectar, gourmet foods deliciously prepared, invitingly presented. Fresh flowers abound. The homes are lovely and spacious;the view outhe window is always a mountain lake, a beach, or perhaps an English garden. Everything is as it ought to be. Glancing through its pages, you get a sense of rest. Life is good. You see, the images whisper, it can be done. Life is within your grasp. And so the quest continues. But of course our address used to be Paradise, remember? "
This explains the obsession I have with my Martha Stewart Magazines and my Pottery Barn Catalog…Underneath all those pages of beautiful ideas, recipes, and gardens that simply enchant you ( you know, the magical, weed-less kind )… And behind the rooms, cozy and glowing in lamplight, filled with the freshest, brightest linens… a friendly wool rug… and a handsome wooden bedstand, piled with a trio of old books and a vase full of red tulips… are hints of Paradise…