Webster's Dictionary defines Utopia as "any idealized place of perfection," in other words, a perfect world. I have been know at times to use the phrase, "in a perfect world!" when responding to certain comments. For example, when my husband wishes out loud for less time at work, more time to travel, and unlimited resources, my somewhat flip remark is usually, "in a perfect world!" But now I am being challenged to think about this phrase seriously. What would my Utopia look like? What would my perfect world entail?
In a perfect world, I would be paid well for a noble career, rather than paid moderately for a less than noble one.
In a perfect world, I would learn to trust that inner-voice that communicates what is good for me, rather than second guessing myself.
In a perfect world, I would open up and trust people more, rather than guarding my heart.
In a perfect world, I would be able to distinguish manipulative, selfish people from honest, caring people in the first five minutes of meeting them, rather than inviting them into my life, trusting them, and then getting hurt.
In a perfect world, I would have more confidence in my ability to grow and soar, rather than back away from change and growth.
In a perfect world, my weight would not occupy my every waking thought, rather I would love my body just as it is now and how it is going to be as I grow older.
Lastly, in a perfect world, goodness and caring would prevail, people would be more forgiving, less "me" oriented, more compassionate, less aggressive, more tolerant, and less judgmental. Sadness and grief would not be the top news stories, joy and altruistic behaviors would be showcased, people would be rewarded for goodness, and caring, sensitive people would feel that society believed in them and their ideals...
...yeah, "In a perfect world!"
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