“Everything is perfect, dear friend” -Jack Kerouac
I’ve been looking for some blog inspiration and as soon as I think this, Miss Liz comes to my rescue. Not only do I find a new blog to follow, I come across another book to add to the summer reading list: How to be Perfect by Ron Padgett. Reading some of his excerpts, I literally laugh out loud but at the same time he also provides thought-provoking, sound advice. A few of my favorites:
-Don’t be afraid of anything beyond your control. Don’t be afraid, for instance, that the building will collapse as you sleep, or that someone you love will suddenly drop dead.
-Be friendly. It will make you happy.
-Be nice to people before they have a chance to behave badly.
-Don’t stay angry about anything for more than a week, but don’t forget what made you angry. Hold your anger out at arm’s length and look at is as if it were a glass ball. Then add it to your glass ball collection.
-Hope for everything. Expect nothing.
-Take care of things close to home first. Straighten up your room before you save the world. Then save the world.
-Know that the desire to be perfect is probably the veiled expression of another desire – to be loved, perhaps, or not to die.
-Make eye contact with a tree.
-Live with an animal.
-If someone murders your child, get a shotgun and blow his head off.
-Look at that bird over there.
-Appreciate simple pleasures, such as the pleasure of chewing, the pleasure of warm water running down your back, the pleasure of a cool breeze, the pleasure of falling asleep.
-Meditate on the spiritual. Then go a little further, if you feel like it. What is out (in) there?
-Don’t be too self-critical or too self-congratulatory.
-Answer letters promptly. Use attractive stamps, like the one with tornados on it.
-Imagine what you would like to see happen, and then don’t do anything to make it impossible.
-Do not go crazy a lot. It’s a waste of time.
[I should keep that last piece of advice in mind more often…]