What if life were perfect?
What if you lived in a perfect world of perfect people and perfect possessions, with everyone and everything doing the perfect thing at the perfect time?
What if you had everything you wanted, and only what you wanted, exactly as you wanted, precisely when you wanted it?
What if, after luxuriating in this perfect world for the perfect amount of time, you began thinking, “There seems to be a lack of risk, adventure and fun in perfection. Having it ‘my way’ all the time is starting to get dull.”
What if, after yet another perfect length of time, you decided, “Perfection is a perfect bore.”
What if, at that point in your perfect world, you noticed for the first time a button marked, “Surprise.”
What if you walked over, considered all that might be contained in the concept of “surprise”, decided, “Anything’s better than perfect boredom”, took a deep breath, pushed the button…
…and found yourself where you are right now – feeling what you’re feeling now, thinking what you’re thinking now, with everything in your life precisely the way it is now—reading this blog.
This is the opening page of a classic “self help” genre book called, Life 101. It’s a classic read that came out in 1991 and I’m sure I read shortly there after. I keep it around and scan it now and then. I’ve always loved this opening page and thought I’d share it now.
Hope you enjoyed it too.
Ah, yes, the much desired Perfect Life. Nothing to worry about, nothing to want for, nothing to fear. How terribly frightening such a life would be.
Hence, how wonderfully gifted we all are to be given this opportunity to awaken through challenge, to find our way when we get lost, to have the unscheduled adventure of growing and I’m not just talking about older.
As my pal Brenton often reminds me [and I paraphrase as best I can], “The perfection of life is in it’s always moving towards good, it’s just that we can’t always see it from our close up vantage point so we misjudge it’s trajectory.
I’ve learned to accept that it’s the universal unfolding towards all things good, towards life and enlightenment and my challenge is not to change the path of the Universe but to accept each moment in it’s glorious perfection without judging it or making it wrong. For it’s my judgement, my labeling which causes me fear and distress while breaking my connection with the greater good and truth.”
Now THAT is the PERFECT LIFE.