Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Perfect Moment


I'm generally a "stay in the moment" and always move forward kind of girl but today I was asked a question that took me down memory lane....

What one perfect moment in your life would you relive if you had the opportunity?

It was posed as the perfect moment without changing a single thing-- A time of pure bliss that brings you joy just thinking about it...

The person asking me the question didn't have an answer at first then she said she had a flash-- And her moment was the birth of her only child more than 50 years ago-- A healthy 9 1/2 pound baby boy delivered with no pain medication. She said it was her most joyful and creative moment ever.

I'm still scrolling though the perfect moments of my life and I know I'm blessed to have many to choose from. They range from moments I was smack in the middle of, to moments when I was an observer of loved ones at their "perfect moment". It's hard to decide on just one but I'm leaning towards the moment I knew my husband was "the one" for me.

How about you?
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49 comments:

  1. For me, it was the day, not too long ago, when I realized that many of the experiences in my life that I'd considered "bad," actually spurred me in new and different directions, bringing me to the joyful place I'm at now. Wow. It was the moment when I learned to love myself, with all my goofy, weird, and wonderful ways.

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  2. I loved the joy I felt on my wedding day. It really was the best day of my husband's life.

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  3. Gotta go with the birth stories.

    Such an indescribable feeling to hear that cry and see that perfect little person.

    And you know what? When I stop and really LOOK at them now, at 17.5 and 23.5.... I am just overwhelmed with gratitude for who they are and who I am because of it.

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  4. Laughing at what Kristina wrote!

    So many perfect moments - and many more to come, I hope.

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  5. A very good question. I would have to say the same thing, the day I knew my husband was the one, then our wedding day. xo

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  6. First of all, when I realized (Finally!) that the divorce was not my fault.

    Which then leads to the second point.

    The moment I knew I was meant to be with John. My cousin sent me this quote and it hit me right between the eyes! "When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better."

    THAT was a real aha moment!

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  7. Gosh, that makes ya think! Babies, yes, but not giving birth - please!! - but seeing each of my three children for the first time. Yep, that would have to be it.

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  8. Your perfect moment appeals to my romantic inclination.;)) I hope one day I get to experience a moment like that.;))
    I call these *unforgettable moments* and i have experienced many in my life. And I know many more are in store for me, thus to select only one is impossible.
    xoxo

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  9. i don´t think i can choose just one either- just keep them coming :)
    xxx

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  10. Joanna, where have u been?
    Perfect moment? I think it depends on the time of one's life... I've had a few, births, trips, falling in love again.... also sad moments...

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  11. whats up jj...perfect moments...i need to think on this one...though i like to think my best moments are still to come...

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  12. When my husband knew I was the one for him! That was a beautiful moment for sure!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  13. Walking down Magnolia Avenue in Auburn Al, with the man who was to become my husband, although I didn't know it at the time. We had just been to the free movie on campus,and gotten 25 cent ice cream cones. It was freezing cold and I had this extra long scarf that we shared.

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  14. I never believed in "love at first sight until I met Jenny. So if I had to pick just one moment, it would have to be that one - when she told me her name, and I just knew that she was "the one".

    But there are so many others - our wedding day, the birth of our children, watching them have their perfect moments, June 29,1977 at 2:30 in the afternoon...etc etc. Too many to pick just one.

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  15. Ah!! I love that and totally would pick that too....my memories of child birth are so different loved the baby hated the pain....thoughts went like this omg she is beautiful is she okay.....yes okay omg I need a pepsi and how much longer are you stitching up my who ha! So yes I would relive falling in love with the hubster over and over again!

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  16. Everyone seems to be personalizing their perfect moment. Mine is a bit different, and doesn't involve those around me. And on the surface, you wouldn't understand why this moment was my most memorable and why I would want to relive it. Or why it would come before other moments that do involve the important people in my life. So, without writing a story, or maybe coming close to it, here goes:

    I was a wrestler all through junior and senior high school. I was above average in skill and ability, and won more matches than I lost, but I certainly was not the best. I didn't get much attention, and felt overshadowed by other better wrestlers. My senior year, in the district round, I made it to the final championship match and was paired against an undefeated wrestler. One who had beaten me the week before in the Sectional finals. Not only was he undefeated, but he had never even been taken down before. Well, not only did I take him down for the first time in his career, but I ultimately won the match 10-9 in nail biting fashion that went down to the final seconds. When I stood up and shook hands with him, the official raised MY HAND as the winner! When I looked up at my parents in the stands, the pride was overwhelming. And the crowd was cheering so loud and just going absolutely wild. At THAT moment, I was on top of the world!

    For the first time in my life, I was the best. And THAT is the one moment that I would relive.

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  17. Hmmmm.. I will have to give this one some thought..maybe blog about it..maybe..hmmmm. I love yours. I will think on this one.
    Hugs to you, Sarah

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  18. I guess I've been blessed to have several perfect moments; the births of my boys; My oldest son's wedding; holding my first grandchild; and I hope there are more perfect moments coming!

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  19. My father giving me away at my wedding.

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  20. what a great exercise! so many perfect moments come to mind...but I was just last night recalling to a friend some of my early athletic prowess, and how great it felt to be so strong, agile and coordinated. Specifically, when I broke the high school record for the running long-jump! Just before I did it, I actually saw it happening in my mind, and when I hit the mark and went flying into the air, everything slowed down and I could feel my body defying gravity. Suspended there, feeling the pure joy of it, was something I'd love to experience once more.

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  21. When I was 18, an exchange student in France, my host father had took me on a long weekend trip to visit family in Normandy. Sitting in the sea breeze at the tops of the famous cliffs of Etretat, I suddenly realized that I was, at that moment, totally happy. I was fulfilling my dreams, and didn't want to be anywhere else, doing anything else.

    That was the first one, and still remains the strongest memory. It taught me to be aware of those times when I am perfectly content, as we often let them pass without much notice.

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  22. (aargh! "took" me! Didn't edit out the "had!" Grrr...)

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  23. The one that comes to mind is 5 yrs. ago this month when hubby and I were celebrating our 50th birthdays in NYC. We were going in and out of stores on 5th Ave. and were in a jewelry store just browsing around when he pulled me into a darkened corner of the store to tell me about the present of a diamond ring that he was getting me for my birthday and that we were going later in the day to pick it out. It wasn't the revealing of the gift (although it was part of it) but it was the romance of the moment and how he told me. I started crying. I'm not sure why he chose to tell me there in that store, but he did, and I'll never forget it.

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  24. oh I love this post, it's so positive. But I find it a difficult one to answer right off the bat! Hmm. This one goes right to ones values, should we know what they are.

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  25. What a beautiful thought provokin' post. The one that comes to mind is a float trip 'Farm Boy' and I went on. We were paddlin' and enjoying the beautiful Ozark scenery and stillness of the day when Hubs passed a rock on the end of his paddle...I picked up the heart shaped rock as 'Farm Boy' said..."I give you my heart!!!"

    Can I hear ya goin'..."Awwwwwwww?"

    God bless you sweetie and have a magnificent day!!!

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  26. Oh that moment, when I knew all that existed was being in love. . . dancing through rain and rain puddles, soaking in the sun to dry out, laughing over goofy stuff, sitting under trees in the park eating Taco bell for lunch, splashing in downtown fountains before I knew people actually bathed in them. . . all because I fell in love with my soul mate! YES!

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  27. Glad to see you posting again. I hope you have been well.
    I have to go with birth stories. It is such a joy and there is so much love in that moment, it´s not describable.

    PS. Gotta love Kristina´s answer. hahaha

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  28. i honestly remember nothing from the day i got married....a total blur....so i would love to relive that memory, which isn't really a memory since i can't remember it....but you know what i mean, right :)

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  29. I am leaning toward your sweet moment of knowing when your husband was the one. The first hug from my hubby was for me like coming home and yet having never been home before. He hugged me in a parking lot at the movie theater and it is still a precious moment to me.

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  30. teaching myself to ride a bike, graduating music school, getting married, so many great moments.

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  31. Giving birth to our son (sitting on a wheelchair) with only my husband delivering in the hospital elevator stands out for me.

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  32. There have been many perfect moments in my life but the ones of "pure bliss that brings you joy just thinking about it" would be the birth of my boys and the birth of my grandson. Those were moments of pure bliss and bring joy to me when reflecting back upon those moments.

    ~ Tracy

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  33. I had to sit with this a bit, and still can't think of one... all five births were indescribable . And there was the moment when my just new husband and I came out of the church doors at the wedding and the sun had finally come out on a cold spring April morning. It just felt so incredibly perfect and right.

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  34. What a wonderful question. Just pondering it is perfect enough for me.

    Thank you.

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  35. My perfect moment is still ongoing. Who can define a moment? There is not one thing that I would change in my life, even the dreadful mistakes, because to change one thing would change the outcome of everything.
    My life is a perfect moment.

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  36. An absolutely perfect moment? There have been so many. Honestly. Every holiday I look around the room, at the crying babies, at the frenzy of dinner preparation, at all of it, and I just pinch myself. because even though, we have problems, like everyone, we have each other. And that is perfect enough for me.

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  37. I'm with your friend - the birth of my first son without any pain meds (he was 8 1/2 pounds and I'm small) was flat out amazing. I've never felt so powerful in all my life.

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  38. I'm with your friend - the birth of my first son without any pain meds (he was 8 1/2 pounds and I'm small) was flat out amazing. I've never felt so powerful in all my life.

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  39. This is kinda hard but I would have to say the birth of my two daughters and the first time I held my grandson.

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  40. A great question that makes you stop and think. Like you, I can't decide. I may pick one and make second of the other.

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  41. I've loved my life and appreciate even the bad things, BUT no amount of money or other inducement would make me want to literally relive one moment.

    Memories are the way for me to go.

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  42. For some reason, I flashed the other day on the moment that Michael got on one knee on New Year's Day, in front of my dearest friends and family, and proposed to me....

    Whenever I look down at the ring on my finger...I get that amazed delight and shock....

    Happy Holidays Snarky Sister. Trust that I am here and lurking....even when I don't say much!

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  43. I'm not sure I can just pick ONE single moment....there are so many. My first date with the man who is now my husband, our wedding day, the day I found out I was finally pregnant after our second round of IVf, the day we found out we were pregnant with twins...the day I gave birth to the twins...and each of their birthdays...this week they turned FIVE. I can't believe it.
    So many moments....
    ;-)

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  44. I'm hoping my perfect moment is yet to come, but I know every stand-out moment of my life thus far involves my kids!

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  45. I would like to relive seeing the birth of my children - and Hearts winning the Scottish Cup. Not necessarily in that order, mind...

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  46. Oh the birth of my kids, for sure. I hope to have more "moments" .. just not more kids. ;)

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  47. The first time Bob kissed me. I knew my life would never be the same from that moment on.

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