“Instead of thinking things have to be a certain way before we can enjoy them, what if we dare to enjoy them even in their imperfection.” Emily P. Freeman
I was thinking about perfection one day last week during a short run in the countryside. At this time of year, it seems as though nothing in nature is perfect.
In April, each budding flower is newly formed, fresh-faced, faultless, and young; by early September every flower I see is afflicted with powdery mildew, black spot, gray mold, rust, blight, root rot, or scab. If I search for perfect flowers to cut and put in a vase on my dining room table, I am frustrated and my vase is empty.
I feel a little bit worse for wear myself right about now, how about you?
What if, I think, I allow myself to love my life as it is, imperfections and all, rather than striving for it to be perfect? What if I learn to appreciate the process of becoming the person I am meant to be?
Could I invite guests to our house without vacuuming? Show up at a race without training and run it “just for fun”? Serve scrambled eggs and toast for dinner, for heaven’s sake?
Perfection really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The pursuit of perfection is exhausting, anxiety-producing, and doomed to failure.
Accepting our true selves as we work toward our goals is an accomplishment to be proud of. We should be gratified with the progress we have made, rather than bemoaning how far we have to go.
I should give myself a pat on the back and take my lesson from the September flowers, beautiful even with their many imperfections.
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