While sitting through the long hours yesterday I had a lot of time to reflect on what is really important in this life that I am leading. My adult life has not been easy. A mentally ill husband who left me to raise two daughters alone, a daughter with a lifelong serious illness, losing a father to MS, loss of home and income, and my own health concerns. These are the events in life that wear us down and often bring us to our knees, that leave us wondering where the perfection lies. What has to happen to make us want to get up each day with a sense of optimism.
I thought about this blog, which so often serves as a respite from the everyday trials of life. I thought about the overall picture of my life and then I thought about the little moments. Those simple moments that bring a smile to my face, that help to wipe out all of those moments of worry and stress. For each of us those simple moments are different and yet they may be very similar.
Here are just a few of mine:
1) Smiling at a stranger and having them smile back.
2) Holding the hand of one of my grandchildren.
3) Hearing an I love you.
4) Seeing the sun breaking out after days of rainy weather.
5) Waking up in a warm snuggly bed.
6) Listening to the sweet sounds of birds outside my window.
7) Hugs from my daughters.
8) Finding a good book to read.
9) A cup of tea.
10)The first bite of a delicious meal.
And yesterday it was the look on my BIL's face when he realized that he had made it through another difficult surgery.
These are all simple moments, but they are the moments of perfection. They are the moments that give meaning to our lives and make us want to get up and face a new day even in the most trying of times.
Where do you find perfection in the simple moments?