On a steaming summer day in 1977, I was walking across my living room when it hit me.
I was never going to create a perfect life.
I’d been trying for years to get everything in order so I could just chill out with an awesome life, but things kept getting out of line. Unexpected bills. Emotional debris. A body that wouldn’t snap back into shape after birthing my second baby. An air conditioner breaking down in 102 degree Texas heat but no money to repair it. A neighborhood boy peddling his Big Wheels across my carefully tended marigold bed. One durn thing after another and they kept lining up to roll into my life each time I thought I had a grip on things. Troubles. Problems. Obstacles. Detours. Insurmountables.
And then a second realization hit. I could relax my grip on a perfect life!!! I could “get real”, aim for greater things, do the best I could with what life brought me, learn new insights, and that was enough.
I’ve been on constant watch ever since, to allow life to swerve and surprise, knowing each trouble offers one more chance to become more.
A wonderful caveat to this is to realize other people don’t need to be perfect either, so I can give up trying to manage all of humankind to meet my preferences.
What a relief! Now, about that neighbor who hasn’t cut his grass in two months …
Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it.
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