Enough as You Are

“Too late, I found you can't wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”
― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes


Human beings spend an awful lot of time trying to be perfect. It becomes impossible not to feel guilty for having a bad day, being tired, not saving the world. Of course it is impossible not to have a bad day, not to have a day where we are tired. And saving the world is a group project we don't yet seem to be up for.

The deep, dark, horrible truth we have no wish to face is this: this strict perfection we crave is an illusion. We use it to torture ourselves and each other. We demand rigid standards that leave no room for failure. Yet without failure we miss so many important lessons. There is no growth. No change. No catalyst that drives us to create what is bigger, better, more helpful.

Without growth there is no hope. If we are already as perfect as we are going to get in this society than we are in trouble! What if instead we aspire to continued growth, change and creation? Letting go of the need to be perfect might be the very thing that allows us to more of who we are. Loving our imperfections and letting go of self-judgement is certainly a wonderful place to start.

This week, let yourself let go of the need to be perfect, flawless, superlative. Because let's face it, if you are truly loved, someone already how wondrous you really are!

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