The ‘P’ word . Perfection !


Perfection? Why do people strive for it? Isn’t perfection plain boring? I think so. I mean, if everything was predictably perfect all the time, things would never go wrong. When things do not go wrong, there is no last time rush of adrenaline , a run to fix things, an awkward moment, laughter, quips, constructive behavior.. i could go on and on. When things are perfect, you don’t learn anything. You don’t grow and in some ways, you don’t feel those potent emotions which make life worth living (Come on, a wee bit exaggeration wouldn’t hurt anybody, would it? ).

This of course does not mean that you should not strive for the best. It just means that the best can  be ordinary at times, and you should be able to deal with it, rather than being disappointed, dejected and become a runaway scaredy cat in search for the next best thing. The bubble will burst sooner or later, and boy oh boy, what a rude awakening , would that be.

Personally, i am scared of things which are too picture perfect.  It’s almost unreal. sigh-

My mind goes to the very much conservative verdict: Nazar lag gayi ( bad eyes/envy ), everytime something supposedly perfect smashes to pieces infront of me.

So, what should we do if things are going too perfect? In fact so much so perfect, that you cannot believe it yourself. Don’t advertise the perfection firstly, and secondly, be prepared mentally and emotionally, that perfection is short-lived and you should be geared for any eventualities, and the non perfectness of it all.

Am i being pessimistic? Nooo…  Just practical and geared up for reality, which tends to hit us hard in the face- like a bitch slap ( i can’t believe i said that- i am in a really mentally distorted state of mind, right now. )

Nobody is perfect. Nothing is perfect.

I’d like to paint the perfect sunset sky some day, and if i don’t get it right, i am going to smudge all the colours together and blend them, and let me tell you, for some reason, i am sure the results would leave me contented, because what i created , could not have been created, if i did not even try. And if i tore the painting, because it was not perfect, i would be letting go of a perfect canvas with hues and colours which have a beauty of their own, when there is no guarantee that i’ll ever be able to paint the perfect sunset…. what may be imperfect for me , may be perfect for another..

You should stop trying to mould people into the ‘perfection’ you would like to see. You should admit the thousand imperfections in yourself and admit that you are a work in progress like all the other people out there. So why not work together? Hmm? =)

“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it- Edith Schaeffer”

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2 thoughts on “The ‘P’ word . Perfection !

  1. If nobody’s perfect , I am Nobody ! :) I think so too. Yesterday at her brothers sports day , my daughter participated in the siblings sack race and didnt get any position..I told her “you did your best, you worked hard towards the end, you didnt win, it doesnt matter. … See MoreWhat matters is you made an effort .” It is okay not to be perfect. I loved the painting sunset wala metaphor. I love it. :) And even if things are going perfect…that shall pass too . And that is okay too!

  2. They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds-a critic of quotes that makes you smile..but then you stop to think-isn’t it true?

    we fuss so much over making the ‘right’ choice, but in life, all that’s really needed is to make any ‘good’ choice, believe in it, go through with it, and accept the consequences.

    Life is about correcting errors and striving for improvement.All of us have an inner critic, but the Perfectionist’s internal voice is relentless.for me,a simpleton- live simply, make your own mistakes and learn more from YOUR experiences rather than cautiously living through someone Else’s.

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