How to be perfect

“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.

-Calm down.

-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…]

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One response to “How to be perfect

  1. Dina Schultz

    Now I really laughed at this blog! OMG! If someone shoots your child, blow their heads off. Funny but very true at the same time.

    Being perfect? I figured out no one is perfect. Know you are loved for just who you are my girl.

    Love and watch that bird. Enjoy the warm water on your back and the first cup of coffee in the morning. Enjoy Miley’s face. Now that is perfection.

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