I loved reading Bread & Wine. In fact, I’m pretty sure the book is making it on my Top 20 Books Read in 2013 list.
It moved me. It inspired me. It challenged me. And it made me want to spend more time in the kitchen and around the table.
However, the phrase that stuck out to me most was: Present Not Perfect. Shauna shares how we can get so wrapped up in trying to make life perfect — to get all our ducks in a row and keep them that way — that we miss the present.
We rush through life with our plans, our goals, and our lists. We check things off. We pat ourselves on the back for being a powerhouse of productivity.
And we forget to breathe. To slow down. To soak up the moments. To savor the here and now.
Instead of pursuing a life of perfection, I want to pursue a life of being present…
…listening to the child who is excited to tell me about their latest LEGO creation.
…taking a few minutes to call that friend who is struggling.
…stopping to look into the eyes of the person at the checkout lane at the grocery store and smile and ask how they are doing.
…inviting the friend who stops by to stay for coffee — even if there are piles of laundry in my living room.
Present not perfect. That’s how I want to live.
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