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An Ideal Life

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience:this is the ideal life.~ Mark Twain

Ideal life

I don’t know what constitutes a perfect life for you but this quote sums up three of the six elements that make up my  list.

Good friends – I’ve had a few – I hold friends to high standards that I rarely meet and yet they still give me grace. I include my beloved, my family, and those I could call at 2am if I had a problem in this category.

Good books – well books in general. I never know if it is good until I begin reading and even the stinkers have allowed me to put them back into circulation if after 27 pages, they weren’t resonating.

A sleepy conscience – if I carried around all the negative, unscrupulous, nasty, mean spirited stuff I have thought or done, I would be a depressed wreck. My conscience is sleepy but not asleep or hibernating and it lets me get through the day.

A meaningful calling – this can be anything really but it needs to have enough compelling urgency to provide a reason to get out of bed.

The freedom to be different – to think differently from everyone around me (or the same), to dance to my own drummer, to challenge the status quo when it needs a prod and when it doesn’t.

A personal faith – I am a follower of God, in the way of Jesus and on those days when I let the unknown and mysterious room in my heart and head it gives me great peace.

What elements/statements are  on your list?

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