What makes for a perfect life and do you still hold strong to values you were ta

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  1. backporchstories profile image73
    backporchstoriesposted 11 years ago

    What makes for a perfect life and do you still hold strong to values you were taught as a child?

    I would like to hear from others, on what makes a perfect life?  I often wonder if our ideas of life change as we move into older age.

  2. peeples profile image91
    peeplesposted 11 years ago

    I wasn't taught values as a child so I'll skip that part. A perfect life to me is a happy and healthy life spent with my husband and children. Anything else positive is just extras.

  3. d.william profile image72
    d.williamposted 11 years ago

    Firstly, there is no such thing as a perfect life - we all have ups and downs, losses of loved ones, and accidents or situations that cannot be avoided.  The best we can hope for is a life with relatively good health, personal happiness, and as little stress as possible.  Also to that, one can add having compassion, empathy,  a good heart, and deriving some personal satisfaction from helping others without making judgments on them for having less than we do.
    My basic values have not changed since childhood.  The only change in those "values'' is becoming more independent, self reliable, and discarding all the negativity of organized religions that tear you down, cause unfounded guilt,  fears and control over our lives, to the point of exhaustion both mentally and financially.

    1. backporchstories profile image73
      backporchstoriesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good strong thought out answer.  Thank you!

  4. mjboomer profile image60
    mjboomerposted 11 years ago

    Is a perfect life attainable? I think it is a matter of perspective. As I reflect today, I am reminded of the traditions around each holiday and the meaning they have for our family. Many of these traditions are value oriented, but most of all, they are about the value of our family.
    As a child I was taught strong values, work ethic, fair play and respect for others. My hope is that I have lived up to those values and passed them on to my children and grand children.

  5. ZIa Ahmed khan profile image36
    ZIa Ahmed khanposted 11 years ago

    Ideas of life does not change as we get mature, the ideas get mature and adjusted according to experience. Values does not change with time, they should not be changed, there should be enough flexibility to live and let live with values.

  6. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    There is no such thing as a perfect life. Everyone has ups and downs. It is how you handle them that defines you as a person.

  7. jose7polanco profile image78
    jose7polancoposted 11 years ago

    I was raised by my grandparents and they taught me to care and protect those i love. I later decided to choose a career in law to bring justice and comfort to others around me.
    My idea of a perfect life is that it will never be complete, i will work day to day, year to year to it and at the end what will make it perfect is what i did all the time i lived. It will be perfect, but just at the end.

  8. SidKemp profile image84
    SidKempposted 11 years ago

    For me, a "perfect life" could be described in either Christian language or Buddhist language. In Christian language, it is to follow Christ's instructions to "be you perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." And he wouldn't have told us to do it if we couldn't (with his help).

    The Buddhist way of pointing to the same thing is often called "the good life," but is better translated as "a life dedicated to the good." It means living with four fundamental qualities: humor, dedication to goodness, effectiveness, and meticulousness. In all of life, in all aspects, we seek to eliminate suffering and cultivate joy, peace, and spiritual freedom. As we do this, we encourage and support others in doing the same.

    From there, each perfect life is unique to each person. In addition to the above spiritual perspective, we also have our own unique journey, which I call the journey of our soul, connecting to our unique life purpose and making our Soul's vision for life real in the world. And it always contains elements of creativity, healing, freedom, and service in relation to particular people, animals, plants, things, social environments, and ecosystems.

    I was taught very little of this, if anything, as a child. Yet all of it was within me. So my life now is very much the unfolding of wisdom from within, and not an expression of the ideas about life that I received from outside me.

  9. PurvisBobbi44 profile image90
    PurvisBobbi44posted 11 years ago

    I try to live by the “Golden Rule” to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is what I was taught was a very young age.

    However, I will never be as faithful to it as my Grandmother Knight---who was and still is an Angel who looks over me. She also believed in turning the other cheek---which I am not a fan of---I tried it a few times---only to decide it was not for such an opinionated person such as I.

    So, I will probably never get my wings if it hinders on turning the other cheek---as I am untrusting of anyone who has done me wrong once.

    So, if one can hear bells---when an Angel gets her wings---it will probably not be me.

    P.S.—I do not believe in a perfect life---that would be very dull for me. But I wish it for others if that is what they want.

  10. X-Con profile image68
    X-Conposted 11 years ago

    I don't think there is a such thing as a perfect life. My life has been far from perfect. I got involved with drugs at a young age, spent a quarter of my life in prison; and got deported to a country that was practically foreign to me. I'm glad it happened, though, because it helped me develop into the person that I am today; and I am satisfied with that. I am happy; and I think that's what matters: being happy.

  11. tlmcgaa70 profile image61
    tlmcgaa70posted 11 years ago

    the perfect life is a state of mind, or attitude, or outlook on life, how you see life.  i have a perfect life. i view it as perfect because, thanks to GOD, my life is in perfect balance. the things other people see as bad or horrible, i understand why they happen and they are no longer bad things but tools to learn from and help me grow stronger. i have peace in my life, and joy.

  12. Bretsuki profile image69
    Bretsukiposted 11 years ago

    The perfect life is attainable in my opinion.

    It is however a personal and subjective matter. For me, I have a perfect life. I have a home, food to eat, a kind and caring wife. I have hope for the future and am at peace with my past.

    For anyone else they may see my life as being far from perfect. I went blind three years ago, have recently fought lung disease have had several months of hospitalization this year and a life of tratments ahead.

    Being content with all lifes ups and downs is part of a perfect life. Control what you can, and don't worry too much about what you can't. Look for the funny side of lifes trials and enjoy life with those who surround you. Then maybe you too may find your way to your perfect life.

    1. backporchstories profile image73
      backporchstoriesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Now that is the answer I have been waiting for.  I agree that the ups and downs are there in life to shape us and to learn.  I am breathing and content in the belly and a place to lay my head.  All is Good!

  13. Perspycacious profile image63
    Perspycaciousposted 11 years ago

    Answer: A perfect life comes from complete devotion to God in realizing our unique relationship to our Creator as Christ realized his. In holding strong to values we are taught, we must realize that in eternal terms we are all still children.

  14. Quirinus profile image61
    Quirinusposted 11 years ago

    Every moment is perfect just the way it is when seen through the eyes of the soul.
    Thanks for the thought-provoking question!

  15. DDE profile image46
    DDEposted 11 years ago

    I don't think any life is perfect but one can value their upbringing and share this with their children at a later time

  16. jodeci profile image61
    jodeciposted 11 years ago

    I don't believe there's such thing as a "perfect" life. I do believe happiness, however, is attainable. I don't believe having a lot of money, friends, material goods lead to happiness. I believe happiness and fulfillment comes from "within."

    I know it sounds "corny" but one can have an abundance of money, friends, luxury and still feel "empty" and have the need to continuously seek "things" to make him/her happy.

    I believe acceptance and being grateful are the keys to happiness. Stop comparing yourself to others. Envy and jealousy are very "ugly" emotions and can cause you do things that you normally would not do if you weren't envious of another person.

    So we should be grateful for what we have at the moment. Even with health, we may not like our current state of health, but when we think how poor our health can be, this put life in prospective.


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