Thursday, March 12, 2009

Almost Perfect

I was behind an older gentleman at the recommend desk at the temple. The man checking recommends asked him how he was. His response, "almost perfect." I could not help but comment, so I said, "That's pretty good." He responded that most people don't believe him. So that got me thinking. . .
1. Why don't people believe him
Society tells us that nothing is ever perfect. There is always something better, and just when we get it, something else, and so on. If I, and each of us could just focus on what is great, maybe we would start thinking things are "almost perfect." And when we look for the positive, maybe it will shed a little light on what really matters, and what makes life almost perfect. It won't be what society tells us, but what is really important.
2. My life is pretty good, Almost perfect. I have actually been thinking alot about this the last few months. Now don't get me wrong, I have lots of things in my life that aren't perfect, but when I look at the things that are really important, almost perfect. I also don't want this to come across as bragging, I think many of you are in the same boat. And although our lives are different, I suspect you may feel like your life is, almost perfect as well. I sometimes wonder why I have it so good. I look around at others trials and or losses, and my own problems seem so small in comparison.
Why is it that other people have to deal with losing a spouse, or parent. Send a spouse or child to Iraq, or Afghanistan, lose a job, have financial difficulties, marital problems, children making less than ideal choices, and the list goes on and on.
I don't know the answer, but I do know that Heavenly Father is well aware of all of our needs, trials, triumphs, and sorrows. He knows what will strengthen us, crush us, and fortify us. He also knows that what works for you may not work for me. Just as parents, we know how to deal with each of our children differently.
So today, I am grateful to be "almost perfect." And hope that I will always remember just how "almost perfect" my life is, and thank those I love for being "almost perfect."

Good Things:
1. An almost perfect life
2. An almost perfect husband
3. A grateful heart

And I ask, "Do you feel your life is 'Almost perfect'?" Let me know.


A said...

I do have an almost perfect life. Not me personally but everything around me. A great husband who loves his work, healthy good kids, sometimes I think wow how did I get to be this person. Life is pretty great.

Carters said...

A friend of mine that I walk with in the mornings said that when she was a kid, her favorite movie was THe Sound of Music. All she ever wanted was to marry and have a family because of that movie. Then one day she realized that her dream had come true. It was perfectly what she hoped it would be. Ditto.

Wendy said...

I have that feeling also. I've been blessed beyond belief.

bcrandall said...

If I had a perfect life nothing could possibly ge better. I like the thought of improvement of an almost perfect life with the option to get almost more perfect all the time

Beth said...

Yes, I feel that way too.

For years I've told Glen the we lead a "charmed existence." It's not without challenges, but they are manageable and small compared to other people I've seen.

We really are blessed.

Valerie said...

I think about that all of the time. Why is my life so blessed? I would say we have it almost perfect. I have a great husband and beautiful kids. We are very happy. I don't think that very many people are. I wonder how many people just make it through. When we are truely happy and enjoy our life.

Grandpa H said...

Life is what we make it. As trials come we can take a negative attitude and become the unhappy victim or we can count our blessings and choose to have an almost perfect life. Grandma H has been gone about six weeks. She has left a terrible hole in my heart and I miss her more than I thought possible. The gospel teaches that life goes on after death and I embrace that and know that she is well and happy. No more cancer. I'm happy for her. I have a choice. Be sad, feel sorry for myself and be miserable or be happy for her and be happy myself. People ask me how I'm doing. I reply,"I'm doing great, thanks for asking." They look at me light I'm nuts so I say to them "I have a choice to be sad and miserable or to be happy. I choose to be happy." I count my blessings, wonderful children, grandchildren, mom, sisters and friends. My life is almost perfect.