Impeccable, Splendid & Perfectly Imperfect

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In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.

Alice Walker

Are You Perfect?

If you recognize yourself in that poster of the maple tree and say, ‘Yes!’, then you don’t need to read any further.

If you wonder how a person can be perfect, especially yourself, then this post will shed some much needed light your way.

The Fault Lies Within

The thorny problem of perfection lies less within ourselves, and more in our way of seeing. If you are looking for a tree with symmetrically perfect, straight branches and equidistantly placed leaves of completely identical size and color, then what you see in the poster above will be pretty disappointing.

If, however, you look with uncritical eyes and drink in the movement and dynamic vitality of it you are happily delighted and rewarded with unexpected twists and turns of color and shape.

One of these two ways of seeing is how you approach yourself, your life, and the world around you.

Perhaps you look with eyes of expectation – a belief that you and all around you need to conform to an idea of perfection. If this is you, have you ever asked yourself where those measurements of perfection come from? Who got to decide what perfect was made of?

Another good question is to ask yourself what does that achievement of perfection bring you? Is it perfection or rigidity? Perfection or criticism?

The Answer Is Yes

A belief that you must attain perfection starts with the idea that you aren’t already. You are flawed and defective. Seeing yourself as perfect is about understanding your inherently complete nature. You, like that tree, are one of a kind. If you hold yourself up to someone else’s standards you won’t be a ‘perfect’ fit. What a waste it would be if you were.

The gift of your life is found in the uniqueness of your particular collection of talents, desires, and idiosyncrasies – that singular bend and twist of your branches.

It’s Not What You Do

There isn’t a single one of us that does everything perfectly, so don’t bind your idea of perfection up in what you do, or in how you do it. You are not a human doing. You are a human being. Perfection is in your simply being – like the tree. Take a few minutes, 2 or 3, each day to look at a tree or plant near you. Study it. If at first you don’t see how you are the same, give it more time.

There are a couple of ways to engage your neurology to help.

  1. Look in the mirror and say, “I am perfect.” while nodding your head. Do this a few times each week for a month.
  2. Every morning take 2 minutes to stand like Wonder Woman.        Really.


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