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