look beyondI heard this phrase today, “the courage to be imperfect” and for some reason, it stuck with me.

How much time in life do we spend worrying about being perfect in all we do?  How often do we succeed and what would it mean if we were perfect?  All of these thoughts had me feeling like my head was spinning off. So I thought I had better write about it quick!

How much time in life do we spend worrying about being perfect in all we do?

population 0At first I thought really this can’t be very much time, but in reality, I know it is significant.  If you are a writer like me, then every time you start to hit the publish button there is a brief moment of thought, did I say what I wanted? Is it any good?

Maybe I’ll just look it over one more time.  When I first started blogging it took me forever to publish anything because there was always something I could look at and see imperfection.

It affects the way we prepare for the day, the way we do our job, the way we approach parenthood, and even the way we approach our personal relationships.  It has been drilled into us that the perfect parents raise the perfect kids and life should be perfect all the time. If it isn’t then there is obviously something wrong with us.

We spend many of our waking moments stalking perfection in all of our roles of life and when it doesn’t happen, chastise ourselves unnecessarily.  It seems a bit unhealthy to strive to look, act and live perfectly in everything that you do. Seems like we are creating a lot of stress for nothing.

How often do we succeed at perfection?

excellenceI don’t know much but I know that no matter how hard we try we will never succeed at achieving perfection.  That sounds harsh as I write it but I challenge anyone to show me something that is total, 100% perfect in every way to everyone.

It will not happen because by definition human beings are not perfect.  You may come close to perfection in your efforts but there will always be something that wasn’t or isn’t quite right.

Does that mean you give up? Not to me, I think that in all things we should strive for perfection.  Why wouldn’t you? When you fall short of the impossible, be less hard on yourself.  Many of the greatest and most memorable things we do in life will be in pursuit of something that can never be.  When it is all said and done even though you will find that perfection slips out of your grasp, the journey of the attempt will be a valuable teaching tool and a treasured memory.

We may never achieve perfection, but we can be perfect in our efforts and if that is the case then perhaps perfection is achievable after all.

What Would it Mean If We Were Perfect?

perfect fortunreI think the if perfection were achievable then the world would cease to hold as many wonders.  Excellence in some form or another would become commonplace and the rare beauty of action, mind, and spirit that rises in all of us at some time would be taken for granted or just ignored altogether.

What is perfect anyway? Some cookie cutter form or figure that the mainstream media has convinced you that you should emulate? Is there a perfect height? Perfect job? Perfect significant other? For each of us, the idea of perfection would be slightly different in some form or another.  So since there are billions of people in the world, I would argue that the definition of perfection could never be agreed upon.

It would be a very boring world without the yoke of imperfection hanging over our head.  In all accomplishments in my life from the seemingly huge to the very minuscule there is something fantastic about experiencing victory or success despite our well-known shortcomings.

  The Beauty in our imperfections

The courage to be imperfect comes when we identify the beauty in our imperfections. They are the unique things about us that are a part of the package.  So we will still spend the time to look good, but realize that the illusion of perfection is something that is not worth worrying about.

You are gloriously perfect just as you are, unfailingly and beautifully imperfect.


3 thoughts on “Imperfect”

    1. That is a great definition Karen. Very, very true. Do your best at all times in life and you will find a perfection.

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