“We cannot demand perfection from ourselves and love ourselves at the same time. Self-love requires self acceptance – acceptance of our flaws, inadequacies, failures and mistakes.”
-Randi G. Fine
I do not believe in perfection. I never have and I never will. To be prefect would mean a halt in progress. It would mean that improvement is no longer possible and I refuse to believe such notions.
People often strive to be the absolute best they can be in life and that is an admirable quality. The issue at hand is expecting perfect precision every time. A weight lifter’s technique only gets better through practice and determination. The time spent getting stronger is full of imperfect reps and failed sets. The form will only improve by challenging yourself and failing; a concept that is not akin to perfection.
Think about what it would be like if we instantaneously completed our objectives. Just with the snap of our fingers we could drop to 5 percent body fat. Imagine how much that would devalue our accomplishments. Getting a luxury car, earning a degree, making millions of dollars or becoming a successful writer overnight would not have the same value as WORKING towards those goals. Life would grow dull very quickly; the character needed to maintain those privileges comes from that journey; the imperfect journey.
Embracing our imperfections is apart of what makes us who we are. I am not referring to what society sees as physical imperfections. I am referring to the failures we experience along the way. Network Marketing is one example of a system that has made significant growth over the decades; but much refining had to happen before it could become the pinnacle of hope it is today. Even now it is changing in order to bring better opportunities to society.
It is important to know what our imperfections are. Not just so that we may improve on them (at our own pace, not someone else’s pace) but to show us that we are capable even when the odds are against us. Garrett Morgan invented the Safety hood, the precursor to the gas mask. He then personally saved several men from an explosion in 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. His furthest level of education was the 5th grade.
Lastly, our imperfections allow us to respect one another and understand that we are all imperfect. Developing tolerance for others helps us as a species grow and better ourselves.