Perfection is a state, variously, of completeness, flawlessness, or supreme excellence. The term is used to designate a range of diverse, if often kindred, concepts. This is according to Wikipedia.
So many people try to be “perfect”, which is completely unattainable. Perfectionism has become a disease that permeates our society. Social media hasn’t helped because that is an endless feed of everybody’s “highlight reel”. But imagine suffering with this condition and living your life with an endless report card on accomplishments or looks.
And many people aiming for this elusive standard won’t even start because the discouragement is present immediately in the knowledge that perfection won’t be attained. So, wouldn’t perfection actually be a low standard in this scenario? Or a form of self-abuse because nothing we ever try will be good enough?
Sounds pretty miserable, doesn’t it? So why is “perfect” so attractive?
You may have heard the term “progress over perfection”, and that’s a great perspective. But I’m also wondering if just re-framing society’s version of perfection would be a good option to consider?
What if we found perfection in our every day moments? What if we decided that exactly where we are and exactly how we are is perfect in and of itself? That whatever evolves has a purpose, and we are always evolving. Choosing to see that we are perfectly situated for the moment we are in. And that everything we need is within us now.
Doesn’t this sound like a better version that what society feeds us? What we see on television or in the theater or on our social media feeds isn’t real. But we’re led to believe it is. So, I for one, am changing my definition of perfect. I’d love for you to join me!