Friday, July 3, 2009

My Paradise

I was just doing a self-actualization exercise while listening to an audio book. The book is about personal finance, but the exercise was related to the emotions of being prosperous.

My responses are probably a bit different from what the author intended when she said, "Imagine having a gardener & cleaning lady." I'd love a self-designing garden & self-cleaning house, but I don't really want other people to be doing the work. I just want to be able to do the gardening & cooking at my leisure. (And even though cleaning isn't my favorite, just having a dishwasher could my cleaning lady.)

"Imagine your dream garden filled with favorite flowers, shrubs, & trees." I saw fruit & veggies growing. Strawberries, blueberries, & lettuces on the ground & fruit trees ready for picking.

"Imagine having a fun-filled vacation with your family at least once a year." As an eighteen year old, I felt awed by the beauty of Switzerland. I haven't been back, although I've spent the last 15 years wanting to. I cry a little when I think about how I won't be attending a missionary-reunion in Switzerland next month. And so I dreamed of a week at a Swiss chalet. Kids running HAPPILY on the grass, the mountains in the background. And me contentedly preparing an easy lunch of fresh lettuces, cheese, and fruit.

My imaginings all seem to point to wanting a simple home.

1 comment:

love lorri said...

Sounds perfect to me! I wish I could grow the garden and forget to water it or weed it and it would grow anyway. I would like a cleaning lady though! But Switzerland!!!! oh that would be amazing! I loved our time there, I think it was my favorite!