Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
By Shauna Niequist
“What kills a soul? Exhaustion, secret keeping, image management.
And what brings a soul back from the dead? Honesty, connection, grace.”
This is just but one of the many wonderful phrases in this book. The author talks about the things that drag people downback, leading to a busy, frenzied life with lots of motionactivity on the outside, but a grueling emptiness on the inside.
She encourages us to lay down our burdens in exchange for a life of simplicity, both physicallyspiritually.
I especially liked the part where she talks about the brave things seeming rather boring. Like choosing to work on the family things – a marriage, parenting, daily choresroutines –that being braver than sailing around the world. Because sailing around the world takes you away from real life for a while, while being in the real world means that you have to brave the daily pressures of life, continuously.
I like the part where she quotes Thomas Merton: You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. That way, you can be your true self,you don’t have to rearrange your life, feelingsthoughts around other people.
This was a good, timely read.