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The Cure for the Perfect Life

1funny8A perfect day, perfect date, perfect gift, perfect parent, perfect child, perfect meal, perfect family. Have you ever looked up the definition of perfect? Ideal? Faultless? Best?
Quintessential? Utopian? Incomparable? Flawless? Second to none? Ultimate?

The title, The1gift2 Cure for the Perfect Life by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory (Harvest House Publishers) lured me to this digital book which I borrowed from, all they ask is an honest review, I can do that. Honestly, I’m going to look for a copy of this and maybe buy some as gifts because it’s a witty, authentic exploration of the horrors of the 4 horsemen of the aPocalypse: Perfectionism, People-Pleasing, Performancism aaaaaannnd…Procrastination. Stories, quizzes, and solutions to avoid stress, resentment, depression, embarrassment, and get out of the self-defeating Try Harder Life cycle. With the holiday season around the corner, no better time to understand that Perfect is only for Pinterest.

The Perfect Family? Even as a movie, wasn’t perfect despite having Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, and Emily Deschanel. Then again, seeing Richard Chamberlain still rockin’ the priest garb at, wait for it, over 80, wow, just wow.

So I continued my quest for perfect; I’m so far from it I’m surprised I can even spell it.

I started reading a digital copy of The Perfect Gift by Dani-Lyn Alexander (Pocket Star Books), once again from While this second chances romance was well-written, it has one of my Christmas pet peeves, people chaotically racing around like fools, arguing, tricking, whining, etc. to try to find the ‘perfect’ gift.

1. There’s no such thing as a perfect gift, just a marketing idea to convince us to shop more.
2. Seems like it’s more about the giver than the receiver.
3. Appeals to our hunting/gathering instincts  – between hyping and under ordering people feel the compulsion to hunt down their prey, aka, the perfect gift.
4. What if you hurt someone racing around?
5. A gift is just right if it’s given and received from the heart, perhaps corny, but there it is.

1gift4What if the perfect gift isn’t this year’s fad?
The latest smartphone or tablet? Talking toy?
Giant stuffed animal? Vacation? TV?
Video games? A singing Santa?
What if the perfect gift is just laughter?
Smiles? Safety? Happiness?
Holding hands? A hug?
Cookies? Dancing? Singing?
Truth? Justice? Respect?
Courage? A healthy planet?
A funny movie? A long walk?
A cup of hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows?
Love? Time with family and friends?
If they’re not available, time with yourself or time giving of yourself to those in need?

What if there is no perfect, just right now?