Finding paradise right where you are
A ubiquitous phrase in our family’s vocabulary is, “Where’s Eden?” My second-born has a habit of rapidly disappearing just out of sight; just out of earshot and just out of view. Her life is a perpetual game of hide-and-seek. I spend a large part of my day just looking for her.
Isn’t it so often the case that as women, parents, partners, relatives, employees or homemakers, we expend huge amounts of our time and energy searching for how we might make:
- Our image more presentable?
- Our home more beautiful?
- Our finances more comfortable?
- Our family life more peaceful?
- Our relationships more secure?
- Our work more fulfilling?
… And yet why does that perfect life always seem just out of our grasp, just beyond our reach?
Here’s the thing: often I’ve chased Eden the whole way around the house, only to find her right back where I began the search.
I think there’s something in that.
Maybe a little piece of paradise is to be found right where you are – in the beautifully imperfect, messy reality of image imperfections, family squabbles, cluttered living spaces and work frustrations.
Whatever it looks like for you, on your search for Eden, try standing still for a moment. You might just find your little piece of heaven right where you are.