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Ok – this took about a day to process, but never mind…
Radical acceptance – of self, others, life, and ‘the way things are’ – in the moment, step by step, breath by breath, day by day.
With a little help from my friends, and the Great Mystery.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
A definite work in progress …
The notion of “imperfection” is just a false ego perception. It is not reality nor does it reflect the truth of who we are. We were created from love. That is who we are. We are a reflection and an expression of our creator – perfect in every way, now and always.
Refer to A Course in Miracles for a deeper understanding of how our errors in thinking influence self perception.
For me, it’s lowering the bar on my perfectionism and unrealistic expectations for myself…hopefully leading to a change in how I see and treat others.
It does not require a large eye to see a large mountain. The reason is that, though the eye is small, the soul which sees through it is greater and vaster than all the things which it perceives.
In fact, it is so great that it includes all objects, however large or numerous, within itself. For it is not so much that you are within the cosmos as that the cosmos is within you. It all comes back to perception.
Yes we are all imperfect but that’s what makes us unique from each other. Variety is the spice of life . Yes self improvement and setting goals are important but this takes me back in time to the first time as a freshman I reported to football training camp at university. The head coach’s welcoming speech talked about the fact that “we can’t all be jet pilots, doctors, engineers so not all of us can be this teams player list.”
god is giving himself to each of us as exactly that, what we need at this moment the most. it might seem to be an imperfect thing, situation or person. But it is as absolutely perfect. This can be best seen through the eyes of love
Ah yes, the critical self. I know him well.
I find this quote very helpful. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”
My church community week by week proclaims “All of you is welcome here”, so I never forget that with all my imperfections I am — we are all — welcomed and loved.
Thank you, Elaine, for an unexpected laugh! I thought it was a grammatical error til I read it for about the 3rd time – that’s wonderful! 🙂
Haha Mica, I had the same response when I first saw it on the church steps. Till I realized It’s “all” in the sense of the whole of me, of you.
To embrace our imperfections in ourselves and in others, accept them with humor, humbleness and gentleness.
We are all quirky.
Let us love each other and our own selves, “warts and all.” Let us accept and celebrate the things that make us all different. Let us see the challenges that have shaped us uniquely as points of compassion.
It reminds me of the lovely book, “Bridget Jones’ Diary” …
“I like you very much. Just as you are.”
― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary
Just do my “perfectly imperfect” best one day at a time! Paradox–always a sign of a deeper truth.
Stop judging myself and others. One person’s perfection is not the same as another’s. Now the confession. That little card I committed myself to making yesterday, motivated by yesterday’s question, well I got done but there was a little spot on the bottom corner that I tried to get off five different ways seeking perfection. In the end. I took a pencil and blended it in. It is ready to mail, perfect or not. Progress!
I typed stop and meant spot. There is some imperfection. Don’t you wish all errors could be edited? 🙂
Yes – that would be nice! Actually, I light some candles here to wish peace to those to whom I think I have ‘erred’ in my behavior towards 🙂
I read the question and immediately this answer came to my mind. “I know nothing about imperfection”. I’ll give this answer to you, but I’ll have to think about it myself. Of course I know what imperfection means. I probably won’t care so much whether something is perfect or not.
Another laugh here today – your immediate answer made me laugh, for which I’m grateful. Warm wishes to you, Christine 🙂 <3
And to you, Mica 🌷
Today tests my imperfection as Pope Francis visits my country to apologize for the role the church played in residential schools. My heart aches as I struggle to be with the process of reconciliation and be in solidarity with the indigenous people of Canada. May we be healed!
Thank you Elaine and Holly.
My husband and I watched the proceedings today. We were moved by the Pope’s words and his attentiveness to the people who came to see him. His words moved us. And as I remember my long journey in our church community with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I was grateful I had stayed the course. That the Pope, in considerable pain, was able to come showed how seriously he had listened to those who had visited him in Rome.
How sad there were no women in the entourage. I think the Indigenous community can teach the church how valuable women are in faith traditions.
I’m with you Hjt. Such high expectations that this papal visit be meaningful. And will it be enough – will it ever be enough? I witness as one on the path toward being an honourable ally.
A tough job, Hjt. A worthy effort. My heart is with you and with those hurting over this. ❤
Imperfection is freedom….to be myself and enjoy life on my terms.
As I reflected on this question, I saw a Potter’s wheel. I know the Potter isn’t done forming the mound of clay that I am. Today I’m trusting the process. Yes it’s messy! As the wheels turn what’s not needed in my form splats into yours and vice versa. Our intersectionality may create beauty or chaos. That’s the Joy of Living!
What a beautiful analogy, Carla! Thank you!!!!
Our imperfections is what makes us unique. Self-love teaches us to love ourselves, even our imperfections. How I do this is to try not to be negative and be grateful. Each day is a new fresh start:)
We are all worthy of love but we should always love ourselves with our flaws first: we are as imperfect as we should to be someone special!
Today’s quote and question are exactly perfect! So funny how the universe gives us exactly what we need !
I can embrace imperfections by letting go of all my minds of perfection! This “I “ want from my cell centered selfish mind world is what “I “ need to let go of! It actually makes me sick and is the cause of the migraines!
Of course no neurological l Evidence is here to back up this notion.
All I know is that perfectionist minds have made me Sick. All I can do now is surrender these painful ideas,thoughts, justifications, judgments and desires- these selfish- self centered mind pictures are Poisonous! These are what separates me from the Truth .
Today I am close to a migraine, but I’m so grateful to have god/the universe holding me patiently. Tenderly with true love.
Dear Antoinette – neurological evidence can say what’s happening in your brain before and during a migraine, but it can’t say what you’re thinking before the migraine starts. Or, at least, that’s my not humble scientific opinion. Wishing you well – and wellness 🙂
Yes, agree and I stress before I get the migraine. Of course because I don’t want to give in and stop . I have trouble stopping to rest. It’s something I’m working on. Thank you .
That’s a big challenge, dear Antoinette – you may be doing what’s as good as anything to do – stopping to ‘rest’ and wait for the migraine to [not] come – that doesn’t sound ideal either! Take a walk? Listen to music or chanting? Those might not work either 😐 Warm wishes to you! 🙂
You are held gently,
My sympathies, Antoinette. I hope you are able to get some water and rest to ease and prevent a migraine today. Your friends are holding you in their hearts! ❤
Thank you so much . You can’t know how much it means to know people care. 🥰
Oh, I can say with a high degree of confidence that I excel at imperfection! Stand back and watch, it’s breathtaking! 😉
This reflection made my day! That’s the spirit, love it <3
Yes, Maria – it’s fun to be chuckling from Kevin’s post! 🙂
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