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Imperfection is Happiness

“Sometimes we strive so hard for perfection that we forget that imperfection is happiness”

— Karen Nave

Perfection, if it exists, is fleeting. Contrary to what the media and fashion industry industries lead us to believe, there is no perfect shape or size, job, car, or place to live. Life comes with its flaws and highlights, highs and lows, twists and turns, and this is what’s perfect! It hones us, and beckons us to be all we are meant to be.

Life is an adventure in which we only genuflect at perfection. One of the few things in life we can count on is change. Life does not stand still and being perfect would actually be pretty boring. After all, life is an evolutionary journey full of mistakes that are designed to grow us, and new opportunities that stretch and expand our understanding.

It is better to strive for excellence rather than perfection. No two trees or flowers or sunsets are the same. True and durable happiness does not come from reaching a destination of perfection seldom achieved, but from the savoring and learning from the interesting and insightful small steps along the way.

MY SHORT-CUT TODAY: Today I appreciate the perfection in imperfection. I celebrate the diversity that surrounds me and makes life interesting and beautiful. I strive for excellence rather than perfection, letting mistakes teach me, trusting that my unique gifts are worthwhile, meaningful, and a contribution to life’s evolution.

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