Perfect life

June 26, 2014
Hawaii sunrise

Hawaii Sunrise by Elizabeth Egan

Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Sometimes, we forget that.

Sometimes it’s good to press pause and look around at the beauty.

No matter what else is going on in your life.

I know some people who have suffered horrific losses, some so bad I don’t know how they survived.

Some almost didn’t.

But since they did, and since we’re all here, it behooves us to take a breath from time to time and recognize what a gift life is.

Even with all its imperfections.

The ability to walk the earth is a privilege.

I’m working hard not to take it for granted.

40 comments on “Perfect life
  1. Donna says:

    Funny, I had just hit the “reset” button. Thank you for the new deep breath

  2. So true. Even at the worst moments I try to remember this.

  3. Such important advice. I try to practice gratitude all the time — it’s a game-changer.

  4. We were talking about this at our house just last night. I am traveling today a total of 800 miles in one day because I can’t stand the thought of my bf burying her father and not being there with her. Most times we don’t realize how lucky we are. It could always be worse.

  5. Lana says:

    Always a good reminder. I’m constantly working on looking for the positive instead of the negative.

  6. Janie Emaus says:

    So true. I try to live my this philosophy everyday.

  7. Sheryl says:

    I’m with you, Carol. I feel like you are very blessed to be visitors on this earth, and if we don’t do everything we can to make the best of it, that too-brief visit is all but wasted.

  8. I find that a SEE (Significant Emotional Event) is exactly what many people need to SEE life more clearly and realize that most of life is just STUFF. Yes, pause and see the beauty.

  9. YES! I hear you, and am working on remembering this each day. After my next conference call, I’m off to take a meandering walk with my dog to remind myself of what a beautiful little town I live in. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Jay Lickus says:

    Great reminder Carol.
    Enjoy the simple things. They make all of the difference.

  11. Laura says:

    Lovely and so true!

  12. Barbara says:

    Me too. Every day. It’s why I write…my attempt to push back and offer a bit of lovely, peace and beauty – because it’s around if we have eyes to see it.

  13. wendy says:

    That’s a beautiful thought, Carol. Thanks for the reminder, I needed that today 🙂

  14. So true. That is my purpose today in shelter cove, Ca….watch the ocean and the rain, read books, and BREATHE.

  15. Optimism can be contagious – thanks for sharing some!

  16. Sometimes, the silver lining of a tragedy is the reminder not to postpone joy.

  17. Carol Graham says:

    No matter what we have gone through, we don’t have to look far to find those who have gone through more – and survived. I, too, am grateful

  18. I paused to appreciate your comment about being on the same page with your husband. This is really important – we are there now, but when we weren’t, everything suffered. It can’t always become a shared philosophy at the same time, but it calls for communication at the very least .

  19. I’m working hard not to take it for granted also. There are days when that’s easier than others and there are days when that’s more difficult than others, but just reminding myself to do it brings some level of perspective to every day. Thanks, Carol.

  20. Truly a great reminder to breathe all of it in…good or bad. Because you’re right. Life is a gift, no matter how it goes. Thanks for the wise words! It’s always good to be reminded. :-))

  21. Lisa Froman says:

    I am working on the same lesson. Thanks for the reminder.

  22. Kathy says:

    I just had a lady tell me today, “they said I wouldn’t beat the first cancer but I did. Then they said I wouldn’t beat the second one but here I am. After that why wouldn’t I enjoy life?” Her comments stuck in my mind today and I thought we should all enjoy living. Thanks for sharing

  23. I love this and try very hard to live this way. My dear friend was just diagnosed last week with ALS and she said “I am going to appreciate every single moment, laugh and hug. Thank you for the beautiful words.

  24. kim tackett says:

    Yes…you’re right. I like to think of my life as an exercise in personal wabi-sabi…learning to see and accept the beauty in imperfection.

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