A Quote and a Question

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It is so much more interesting to be imperfect than it is to be perfect.
Dr. Christian Sorensen

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If perfection isn’t even the point, why do we lift it up as though it were?

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11 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question

  1. wabisabises says:

    Ever since I discovered Wabi Sabi, I’ve lost any desire for perfection.

    “Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional…”

    http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WabiSabi

    I agree that imperfection is *much* more interesting and accessible than perfection.

  2. Sarah says:

    Oops. Forgot to sign myself in as ‘me’. I’ll try again.

    Ever since I discovered Wabi Sabi, I’ve lost any desire for perfection.

    “Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional…”

    http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WabiSabi

    I agree that imperfection is *much* more interesting and accessible than perfection.

  3. Kika says:

    We each have to come to the conclusion for ourselves, though, that we don’t need or even want to be perfect… it can take time. It isn’t easy for everyone to automatically embrace themselves, quirks, weaknesses and all. And I must say that I do aim for excellence in certain areas, not perfection but excellence, and it can also take years to understand that there is a difference between the two.

  4. minivanlife says:

    Perhaps if we WERE perfect… we wouldn’t care about being perfect… we’d be content and happy to be imperfect and interesting.

    Maybe it’s the IMperfect in us that longs for what it can’t have… perfection?

    Does that even make sense?LOL

  5. Kandyce says:

    I don’t know why we do that? Especially as a society, we have a major perfection complex when no one is. There is always room for improving. So often the most beautiful and joyful moments in life are those of growth, which is limitless.

  6. Belinda says:

    Oh yeah… i know all about this one. I find it a difficult lesson to teach my daughters (esp. the one who gets frustrated when things don’t turn out perfectly the first time) when I myself am still learning how to be imperfect.

  7. skywind8 says:

    Imagination (especially for creative folks) can vastly outpace skill development. Having that guiding ideal can inspire – or taunt. I think it takes practice, self-confidence, trust, and faith to hang in there through the bumpy start and believe in that distant shining star of possibility… especially when the goal is awesome and the gap is large.

    I’d rather live a life floating in the waves of desire than to dampen my aims and give up those dreams. And it’s not a far step from there to aiming for perfect when very good would do.

    When I was a beginner to photography, I had an image in my mind of what “good results” would be. My first roll of film fell far short, but good enough to excite me. It took me 7 years to finally reach the milestone that I imagined on day one… and then I discovered it was only the very beginning of pro-level results. Viewed from the perspective of the beginner, I seemed perfectionist; viewed from the perspective of a master, I simply had good taste, reasonable aims, and good standards. Perfectionist judgments are a point of view.

    I wish that we all could see and honor the courage it takes to dream that high, and the determination it takes to pursue it. Instead of, “Wow, I could never do what she does,” how about “Wow, she must have dedicated a lot of time to learn to do that! That must have taken patience!”

    I think we can get farther by honoring each others’ process… especially when we delight in the end result.

  8. angelique says:

    I think sometimes we become obsessed with perfection because we know we can’t obtain it and it proves to us what the inner critic is always saying “you can’t”. May be if we are always doing that we wouldn’t be able to see what we do have and allow that to develop and grow. Or maybe that is just me!!!!

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