Thursday, January 20, 2011

Discover the perfection of life itself . . . .

You probably already know that the need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each other. Whenever we are attached to having something a certain way, better than it already is, we are, almost by definition, engaged in a losing battle. Insisting on perfection, rather than being content and grateful for what we have, means we are focused on what's wrong with something and our need to fix it. When we are zeroed in on what's wrong, it implies that we are dissatisfied and discontent. Whether it's related to ourselves -- a disorganized closet, a scratch on the car, an imperfect accomplishment, a few pounds we would like to lose -- or someone else's "imperfections" -- the way someone looks, behaves, or lives their life -- the very act of focusing on imperfection pulls us away from our goal of being kind and gentle. Catch yourself when you fall into the habit of insisting that things should be other than they are. Gently remind yourself that life is okay the way it is, right now. This strategy has nothing to do with ceasing to do your very best, but rather with being overly attached and focused on what's wrong with life. It's about realizing that while there's always a better way to do something, this doesn't mean that you can't enjoy and appreciate the way things already are.

As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you'll begin to discover the perfection of life itself.


  1. I love your blog. It's very similar to the book I'm reading "don't sweat the small stuff". I admire your blog and the fact that you have time and energy to write in your blog.

  2. Thank you, Life Is Beauty. I'm so happy you are enjoying the messages that I post. I've stepped away from posting for awhile, but am planning to return! Stay tuned! : )


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