Is Perfection A Manmade Belief?
Perfection is a state we are taught to aspire to, but it is not very realistic or plausible. When we strive for perfection, we quickly get caught in our hamster wheel again. Many New Age gurus will tell you that you are perfect as you are. But can perfection be a man-made invention and illusion?
Real life happens when we start coloring outside the edges of expectations and understand that we become more human when we become aware of where we are able to grow and may be far from being perfect. And when we understand that we are all human and each of us has imperfections, we may be able to stop comparing ourselves to anyone else.
George Orwell reminds us that “Whoever tries to imagine perfection simply reveals his own emptiness.” Life is for the living and life is messy on most days. We may experience what we see as a perfect sunset but it doesn’t last. Life and nature are constantly changing and shifting providing different rays to experience.
We always have an opportunity to learn, improve or whatever you want to call it. Our imperfections humble us when we let ourselves face them without judging ourselves or anyone too harshly. This is what compassion is all about and we must practice it with ourselves before we declare it for anyone else.
The love that we deserve most comes from deep within us. When we can love our perceived imperfections, and see our mistakes simply as gifts, we can experience self-love—and then bring this deep love into our world through imagination, courage, and knowing that there is another organic, healthy way for us to be.
Love or Fear: Which is Perfect for You?
John Lennon’s legacy reminds us that we have two foundational motivating forces: fear and love. “When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
Another definition of perfection is wholeness, and wholeness is more attainable. It means the ability to naturally integrate pieces of ourselves to function harmoniously in any given situation or circumstance. Universal law teaches us that wholeness heals and that fragmentation weakens. What are the parts that keep you separate and divided within yourself, and how can you make yourself feel whole?