Letting Go of Perfection

Doing my best does not mean being perfect. we are all in this together

Not everyone has to write out that statement.. but I do. This simple line is an important lesson for me. When you believe it and are living it, you can feel it.  I mean really feel it.

I stopped dwelling on each: “Why did I say that??”; “Why didn’t I do that?”; “I am so embarrassed!”; “I need to be better at..” I now can actually laugh at myself when I say something ridiculously stupid.. as I have been known to do.  I am able to leave the house without every hair in place and every nail polished.  When I think I might have done something wrong, I am able to address it.  I make amends with myself, vow to improve, and then let it go.  Ok, so maybe I am not perfect at letting go but I am much better than I ever remember being.

This does come from the person who once read Chapter 2: Make Peace with Imperfection of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” and was so overwhelmed I thought, “I can’t read chapter 3 until I have this one perfected!”  Yep.. sad but true!!

I was moved by the following, which can be found at: http://satsukishibuya.com/journal/2014/1/29/thought:

“PERFECTION is ANNIHILATION.

it paralyzes us from working from the heart.

Human by nature are not perfect and IMPERFECTIONS are what make the world beautiful.”

What are your thoughts?  Can you see the beauty in imperfection?  In nature?  In others?  What about in yourself?

Here are some additional musings from Paulo Coelho’s blog, “The Imperfect Attracts Us”.(http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/12/15/the-imperfect-attracts-us/)

Or consider this quote from C. JoyBell C.:

“For everything in this journey of life we are on, there is a right wing and a left wing:

for the wing of love there is anger;

for the wing of destiny there is fear;

for the wing of pain there is healing;

for the wing of hurt there is forgiveness;

for the wing of pride there is humility;

for the wing of giving there is taking;

for the wing of tears there is joy;

for the wing of rejection there is acceptance;

for the wing of judgment there is grace;

for the wing of honor there is shame;

for the wing of letting go there is the wing of keeping.

We can only fly with two wings and two wings can only stay in the air if there is a balance.

Two beautiful wings is perfection.

There is a generation of people who idealize perfection as the existence of only one of these wings every time.

But I see that a bird with one wing is imperfect.

An angel with one wing is imperfect.

A butterfly with one wing is dead.

So this generation of people strive to always cut off the other wing in the hopes of embodying their ideal of perfection, and in doing so, have created a crippled race.” 

lacey mosley

  2 comments for “Letting Go of Perfection

  1. pattie
    April 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

    i can certainly understand that! i am very critical of myself but not as much as i used to be 🙂

    • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Yes, we need to sever ties with our self critic. It hits home for me. So much that I have already started writing a follow up post. 🙂

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