The spiritual life is about being open to every moment, however incomplete, because every moment in life has something to teach us about what it means to live well. It is about realizing that sometimes the perfection of the moment lies in accepting its imperfections.Joan Chittister, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World
I love this quote. It reminds me that even when I feel like I am not moving forward towards my goals, there is something of value to be found in every moment along the way. I was sitting with Andrea Costantine yesterday and we talked about how both of us tend to go where the wind blows us. She is a fellow traveler on the road, moving in and through opportunities as they arise, just like me. My life hasn’t been marked with the traditional success path of climbing a corporate ladder, or sticking to a career for 20 plus years. I haven’t made it big in the stock market, and I don’t have a rich relative who will leave me a fortune. But what I do have is the belief that every situation I have encountered has prepared me for the next. I have a unique set of skills that continues to build and apply to the next opportunity I find. I like Andrea’s idea that opportunities are permission slips to move ahead and try something new. If it doesn’t stick, well, then I have gained something that will prove to be useful in the future. And even if I don’t fit a traditional definition of success, I just have to look at the love and friendship around me to know that I have done many things right in my life. So I am freeing myself from living the perfect life, and being content being perfectly human! If you missed my piece last year on a train bound for somewhere, you can catch it here.
What is right is only that which must be done at the present moment, even when we are not sure exactly what that is.Joan Chittister, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World
What about you? How are you living the imperfect moments in your life?