Week 15 – Perfectly Imperfect

Definition

Perfect:

adjective

/ˈpərfikt/

  1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.

verb

/pərˈfekt/

  1. 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.

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10 thoughts on “Week 15 – Perfectly Imperfect

  1. “I am perfectly imperfect” ….. Love it. On an interview once, I remember replying to a question (which I don’t specifically remember), that I was a perfectionist! The interviewers response was something like, “Perfect/perfection doesn’t exist” and he offered the suggestion that “I always strive for excellence”. Not sure why I’m sharing, but it seemed to fit your blog.

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  2. I love this post, Natalie! ❤

    You've shared one of my favorite expressions, being "perfectly imperfect". Your blog post is bringing up so memories surrounding that insight.

    I remember watching Brene' Brown about the power of vulnerability and feeling my heart blown away. Our culture puts so much pressure on us to fit all these images that are unrealistic. Vulnerability and authenticity go hand in hand.

    And being our authentic self is also being our golden Buddha.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  3. I just listened to the Brene Brown’s video the other morning!! It’s so great, she is an incredibly inspiring woman, and funny too 🙂 Per-fect conclusion to your post!

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