- having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
- make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.
In the affirmation “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.” I have been getting stuck lately on the word perfect. Then to compound this, we are onto Scroll IV and reading “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” (Mandino)
I needed to read more and sit more with these notions of being perfect and nature’s greatest miracle.
When I looked up the definition for perfect I realized that my concept of perfect did not fit the definition. I have been thinking from a position of absolute perfection. No flaws. No faults. Get it right the first time.
The thing is I am fully aware, have the knowledge, that there is no such thing as absolute perfection from the first go. Look at how long it took the US space agency to get a rocket into space after the Russians had launched Sputnik. How about Steve Jobs, did he have smooth and flawless product launches all the time? Did Mahatma Gandi have a seamless journey into his enlightenment while being a strong advocate for the less fortunate? No. No to all these questions. So, why have I been expecting absolute perfection from myself? It is all a part of the cement Buddha; the old blueprint. It’s some deep seeded notion I picked up from somewhere many moons ago and I continue my actions based upon “custom, precedent, and habit.” (Haanel, 15-36).
I think Brené Brown said it best in her book “The Gifts of Imperfection” (2010):
“Because we’re human and so beautifully imperfect, we get to practice using our tools on a daily basis. In this way, courage, compassion, and connection become gifts – the gifts of imperfection.” (p. 2)
I am more at ease today. I understand that “I am perfectly imperfect” and that I am striving each day to recognize that “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” Namaste.
If anyone is interested, I have included Brené Brown’s TED Talk “The Power of Vulnerability.” Happy viewing.