Every morning Dean and I walk our dog in the woods. At times the walk can feel like a chore- it is raining or cold or windy or we are just plain tired. And yet, every single morning we marvel at the beauty of the world we live in. We may walk the same paths, but every morning is different- the wind and rain have erased our footprints from yesterday, the stream is bigger and bolder, more leaves have unfolded on the trees. Every morning feels like a gift.
For most of us in North America there is a disconnect between this natural beauty and the items we put into our homes. We are in a time when new is better, more is better- and we are willing at times to go into debt to keep up with the current trends.
I suggest that we leave that consumer world behind: that we find ways to re-connect with the daily beauty that comes from being part of the natural world; that we buy products for our homes that are made of natural materials, and that will last indefinitely; and that we take joy in the peace and wonder that comes from using the same beautiful items every day for years.
There will be change (there is always change!)- wear from the hand touching the mug in the same place every day, the increasing softness of linen that is slept under and washed regularly- gentle subtle change that will make that item keep getting better and better.