Perfection is…

Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams. Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs

Aiming for perfection is a sure shot way to ensure that we can achieve excellence in whatever we set out to do. However that does not guarantee that one can come up with a perfect performance. No doubt on some occasions and some days when the going is good, one will be able to experience the rare high of perfection but these are far and few and in between.  Perfection in its absolute sense refers to a state of meeting 100% every parameter that is enumerated which we as human beings have serious limitations in achieving. The biggest flaw being our inability to replicate in Toto what is expected of us.

On the other hand each of us capable of visualizing perfection simply because the end is crystal clear to us and we can take liberties with the process and assume we have the perfect ability to achieve it. In a perfect world for example there would be no sin, no tears and joy all around. Yet pain is a reality we cannot close our eyes too and where there is pain there will be tears. Temptation too is hard to resist and so sinfulness will be another reality that will mar the concept of perfection in this world. Yet each of us tries to live in a manner that focuses on perfection in our lives and accept the realities as inevitable.

Many of us wonder why we need to even remotely seek perfection if it is just an illusion. Perfection is not an illusion but attaining perfection can be almost illusionary for there is many a slip between the cup and lip. Even the best laid plans can go awry but when we strive for perfection we ensure that we minimize the eventualities. Perfection provides the yardstick and control points to help us be on track. When we have the parameters laid down we are better positioned to keep on track and deviations if any can be quickly pin pointed and corrected.

Perfection gives us an opportunity to experience bliss even if it is in our dreams. This state of bliss triggers hope and encourages us to overcome our limitations, forget our pain and spurs us into exceeding our own abilities. Perhaps that accounts for us being overjoyed with our success and despondent at our failure, emotions that make life so vibrant. Perfection is the reason we make another attempt even when we fail for there is that one dream we have set our eyes on and we shall overcome all odds just to realize that dream.

Remember: “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”Alice Walker

Try this:

  1. Which was the most wonderful holiday you ever had? Was it perfect the way you planned it out? Did the imperfections lessen the fun?  How could it have been even better? Could it have gone horribly wrong?
  2. Write down the name of a person whom you see as an idol. Now jot down 5 flaws in that person. Do these flaws in any way make you lose your respect for that person? What is it about the person that draws you to him/ her?

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