Present over Perfect: Living Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living By Shauna Niequist
“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.”
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and look back and realize that the best thing about me was I was organized.”
This is just but one of the many wonderful phrases in this book. The author talks about the things that drag people down and back, leading to a busy, frenzied life with lots of motion and activity on the outside, but a grueling emptiness on the inside.
This book is an invitation to remake our life. Maybe we feel disconnected from our soul and the people we care about. Maybe our life is full, and have lost our balance. Niequist dares us to be present over pretending to be perfect, to allow others to love us in all our imperfection.
This stunning book leads the reader on a journey of seeing grace, joy and to simply slow down. She encourages us to lay down our burdens in exchange for a life of simplicity, both physically and spiritually. Have your highlighter, pen, and journal ready as you read!
Hello, my book club readers! October fly by just like this book! I devoured this book page by page, and I think I underlined every single word. Wow! She is so spot on how motherhood can be so overwhelming, life in general. How much we are consumed with the meaningless things instead of focus all of our energy on the meaningful and important things in our lives. She talked about finding glory, joy, how to heal the past and learn to move on to expanding the future, and how to choose LOVE first. This book was the perfect reminder I have been looking for!
What brought me to pick this book?
Honestly, I think the book came to me, one night while I was walking the empty aisles of Target, I remember feeling completely out of energy, I remember not being able to breathe because I felt so overwhelmed with trying to do everything and getting frustrated when nothing would get done. I felt like the kids were driving me insane, like the house chores were never-ending and I simply couldn’t keep up. Just the other day I told you guys on an Instagram post that every morning I would wake up feeling like crap, I had no energy, lacked inspiration and motivation. I kept comparing my self to other Instagram moms, you know the ones with the perfect little squares and million followers. I was so consumed with social media and felt the need to constantly post something all the time and at that exact moment, like if I didn’t share it the world would end. Why? I have no idea. Like who the hell cares? Continue reading “Only Love Today | Conclusion + Reflection Questions”
Hello, Readers! Welcome to the book club. I am going to keep it pretty simple and basic, we will read one book per month, and new readers will only be added at the beginning of each month. We will have an open discussion here on my blog at the end of each month, it’s not mandatory to attend. If that doesn’t work, you can simply just read along and jump into any discussions the following month or whenever you are available to join, no problem.
We will begin in October reading:
Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love
“It is not always possible for me to choose love in the midst of challenging situations, but I can definitely try to soften—soften my voice, my touch, my opinion, and my timetable.”
― Rachel Macy Stafford, Only Love Today
This book is so magical and I truly believe everyone needs to read it. Rachel truly has a gift of storytelling, this book will not disappoint you I promise.
Get to know the Author: Rachel Macy Stafford
“I want to make memories, not to-do lists. I want to feel the squeeze of loving arms, not the pressure of over-commitment. I want to get lost in conversation with my favorite people, not consumed in a sea of unimportant emails. I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by overloaded agendas that steal my joy. I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter & gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of mobile phones & text messages. I’m letting go of distraction, perfection, & pressure to grasp what really matters.” – Rachel’s very own words.
So head on over to your nearest library or purchase your very own copy, whatever works best for you. I bought my hard copy at Target. Grab a blank notebook, or journal and something to write with. A few things I do along the way while I am reading is I underline, or circle anything that catches my eye. I also transfer quotes on to a blank journal that I keep nearby to go back and reread when I need a little inspiration.