The other evening, I experienced a perfect moment in time. We were watching a movie, all snug and secure in our little shouse. Master Calvin was tucked in against my shoulder, fuzzy head nestled against my neck, breathing the deep breaths of a contented sleep. In a chair next to mine, Princess Dragon Snack lay with her head leaning on my other shoulder, our hands firmly clasped. Master Hand Grenade was lounging against Miss Calamity in easy camaraderie and Sir Knight presided over the our small group with a kingly presence. Everything was perfect. Our children were happy (even Maid Elizabeth, ministering in the Philippines was settling in nicely), our home was snug and Sir Knight and I were as one - ruling our tiny kingdom with mercy and benevolence. Life was perfect.
As I contemplated the perfection that surrounded me, I realized that it had little to do with the world's definition of perfection. So many times, we are tricked into thinking that perfection comes with that new patio furniture or just the right water feature. If only we had a new car with all-leather interior, life would be perfect. If we could get that raise, land that job or buy that house, we would be content and life would be perfect. But perfection is not a tangible, physical achievement. It is a state of mind. Perfection is realizing that you have this moment only and that you are thankful for every good thing. Perfection comes not from acquiring some new thing or moving up to the next rung of the corporate ladder. Perfection comes from being present where you are in this moment of time.
I looked at my contented children and my happy husband and all of the annoying imperfections in my life seemed to melt away. The fact that we pretend our curtains are actually walls and our drywall has never been taped and painted is of no consequence. The inconvenience of having to start the generator every time we want to flush the toilet or take a shower has no bearing on our happy life. The reality of not living where we dream of, is but a passing shadow on a perfect world.
As we face a future of fierce uncertainties, we must see perfection for what it really is. The here, the now, the moment. We don't have the promise of tomorrow. Tomorrow, these children that I love so much may be gone. My husband, my knight in shining armor, may be taken from me. But today is perfect.
Perfection really has nothing to do with things or accomplishments. It has everything to do with how you view life. Perfection is all in your head.