Striving For the Ideal

23046D03-5B9E-477D-939D-3BA775C6D177We can all strive for the ideal even if it wasn’t our experience. Life isn’t perfect and neither are we but we can do our best to be more than we are. The ideal gives us an aim to reach. Think of the opposite: If we didn’t strive for the ideal we wouldn’t work to be anything more than we are.

Striving for the ideal is a personal choice and just because we choose to improve ourselves doesn’t mean they do. (They might seem like they do and actions speak louder than words.) Here are some characteristics of the ideal and they seem worth working to have:

Love
The ideal loves others even if others don’t love them back. They choose to always love and love includes forgiveness, mercy, truth, optimism and kindness. Love is the all-inclusive characteristic of the ideal but let’s break it down…

Forgive and forget
The ideal sees others in the present moment; how a person is right now. They hold no grudges and let go of unsavory events to embrace the hope of what can be. Forgiving and forgetting is freedom of past occurrences and says, “I’m free to be me and you’re free to be you.” The ideal reminds us that “To err is human, to forgive divine.”

Mercy
The ideal gives chances. No one wants to be judged by mistakes but have the chance to try again; and maybe again and again and again. People aren’t perfect and they need second chances.

Truth
The ideal is authentic, tells the truth and has nothing to hide. Truth creates trust and dependability because it’s not a lie but is what is.

Optimism
The ideal hopes for the best, looks on the bright side and seeks happiness. Success follows them because they don’t stay down, bravely face their fears and courageously do what it takes. Optimism always looks ahead and keeps moving forward.

Kindness
The ideal is nice to be around. “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice” are wise words, indeed. The adage says, “One can never be too nice.” Many quotes about kindness exist, like, “Err on the side of kindness”, “Kindness begins with me”, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”, “One kind word can change someone’s entire day”, “Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give”, and “Kindness is something the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

February 8, 2018