Last night, my husband and I went on perhaps one of the most extravagant dates we have ever been on. It was a benefit for cystic fibrosis. Everyone was dressed to the nines, my hair was done professionally, my dress was beautiful, and for the first part of the evening, I even wore heels. We stayed out until past midnight (I know! We are sooo crazy) We went with dear friends, friends that we consider family. We had our pictures done, and there also was a photo booth just for silly laughs. We even bid (and won!) in a silent auction! It was so fancy. We loved it.
This morning (or perhaps early afternoon) I dragged my hiney out of bed, threw on some "not that dirty" clothes and we went for a walk. We packed a simple lunch of a sandwich, an apple and some water. David also brought cookies that he had "smuggled" away in his tux pocket for dessert (we are soooo classy.) We walked about a quarter of a mile deep into the woods and sat on a bench along the path and ate our picnic lunch, We smiled. We sat quietly. We observed nature. We talked about deep spiritual questions I had been mulling over. It was so simple. Yet, we loved it.
One of the things I've been telling myself day by day is that life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
And, by giving myself that freedom to just enjoy the wonder of life without expectation of perfection, suddenly every day is more enjoyable.
Now, I'm not going to say that my new little mantra has brought joy beyond measure to all aspects of my life. That's not true. But, what I will say is that when I'm having a sad day, or an afternoon where Murphy's Law seems to be in full effect, that letting go of perfection is allowing me to bounce back a little quicker.
It doesn't matter if my hair is gloriously held in place by twenty-some bobby pins, or if it is spilling out of a top-of-my-head messy bun. It doesn't matter if I'm with 400 plus people, or if it's just me and David, or even if it is just me. Joy can abound anyplace, anytime if we just keep our eyes peeled and our hearts grateful.
May the richness and the joy of Christ be part of your day today. The sun is shining. The temperature is pleasant (at least here in NWPA) and it's Sunday---a day to relax and connect. Take advantage of what is given to you, and remember, even if your day is not perfect, it can be so incredible wonderful!