I was looking out on the woods that surround my house today as
I walked through the melting snow. It seemed so strange to see how
the trees looked in the middle of winter. Their black, gray, and
brown trunks were twisted, wet, and gnarled. They were full of
chipped bark and dead limbs. They seemed almost ugly and as far from
perfect as you could get. Still, I knew that in just a few months
they would be alive again with bright, green leaves and in a few
months after that they would be full of beautiful colors that would
delight the heart and uplift the soul.
Thinking about this made me smile and reminded me that you
don't have to be perfect in order to live a blessed life. God knows
that I am far from perfect myself. I make mistakes every single day
of my life. I am still a gnarled, empty, tree trunk much of the
time. I do try, however, moment by moment and choice by choice to
live a good life. I do try each day to choose and to share love and
joy. I do try to grow in oneness with God more and more as I travel
the path of life. I think, in fact, one of the best moments in my
life was the moment that I decided to stop trying to be perfect and
to just live in love and joy while sharing all the gifts that God
We all need to stop trying to be perfect. We all need to stop
judging ourselves and just love ourselves. We all need to give up on
living a perfect life and enjoy living a good and beautiful life.
Anne Frank wrote, "Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much
you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"
Let us all live the good news within us then. Let us all grow some
bright, green leaves of love in our lives. Let us all share the
beautiful colors of peace and joy from our hearts and souls with
everyone everywhere. We might not be perfect, but we can still bless
the world with the best within us and with the gifts God gives us.
[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella (joecool@wirefire) -- from 'Inspired Buffalo' (InspiredBuffalo@lighthouse.net) ]
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