Saturday, June 23, 2012

how to be perfect...

In honor of post number 900 (wow -- where does the time go), I am supplying a list of how to be perfect.

Okay, so these won't make a person perfect, but I do like them. I read these in a post from distracted by shiny objects over at A Tidings of Magpies, and I copied down a few of the items on the list that I liked.

Excerpts from How to be Perfect by Ron Padgett:
  • Get some sleep.
  • Be friendly. It will help make you happy.
  • 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.
  • Be nice to people before they have a chance to behave badly.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Do not spend too much time with large groups of people.
  • Plan your day so you never have to rush.
  • Show your appreciation to people who do things for you, even if you have paid them, even if they do favors you don't want.
  • After dinner, wash the dishes.
  • Calm down.
  • Don't expect your children to love you, so they can, if they want to.
  • Don't be too self-critical or too self-congratulatory.
  • Imagine what you would like to see happen, and then don't do anything to make it impossible.
  • Forgive your country every once in a while. If that is not possible, go to another one.
  • If you feel tired, rest.
  • Don't be depressed about growing older. It will make you feel even older. Which is depressing.
  • Do one thing at a time.
  • If you burn your finger, put ice on it immediately. If you bang your finger with a hammer, hold your hand in the air for 20 minutes. You will be surprised by the curative powers of ice and gravity.
  • Do not inhale smoke.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Do not smart off to a policeman.
  • Be good.
  • Be honest with yourself, diplomatic with others.
  • Do not go crazy a lot. It's a waste of time.
  • Drink plenty of water. When asked what you would like to drink, say, "Water, please."
  • Take out the trash.
  • Love life.
  • Use exact change.
  • When there's shooting in the street, don't go near the window.

There's some good advice in there (particularly that last bullet). If doing some of these don't make you perfect, they'll at least help you feel happy, right?

And a personal "how to be perfect" from me: notice the little things, for the little things can hold more beauty than the grand.


Sierra said...

I love love love this list. I want to make one of my own.

Maya Ganesan said...

I love this. I think I'll print this off and stick it on my wall to look at every day - this is something I ought to live by. :)