Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Process Over Perfection

The following is from David Burns's book, "Feeling Good," as quoted in Carol Eikleberry's book, "The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People." As I was reading the latter yesterday, I came upon this excerpt from Burns, and I believe that it adds to the notion of going through life with challenges, with failures, and with mistakes, instead of trying to live a life of perfection. (We hear it all the time, but who is perfect anyway?)

In fact, just think what it would be like if you were perfect. There'd be nothing to learn, no way to improve, and life would be completely void of challenge and the satisfaction that comes from mastering something that takes effort. It would be like going to kindergarden for the rest of your life. You'd know all the answers and win every game. Every project would be a guaranteed success because you would do everything correctly. People's conversations would offer you nothing because you'd already know it all. And most importantly, nobody could love or relate to you. It would be impossible to feel any love for someone who was flawless and knew it.

Perfection? Think of it, rather, as a process. We're only human, after all. Everyone knows a lot, sure. But no one knows everything. On a spiritual note regarding the Christian faith, there is and can potentially be a sense of process and growth in terms of being better people than we once were. The Bible, in addition, can be seen as a source of inspiration and change, signifying a higher authority - and, ultimately, a perfect one.

To anyone who is struggling with perfection or such, I challenge and encourage you to look at where you are now, how far you've come to that point, and to be thankful for what you have accomplished instead of trying to get to an end point and be done with it. Life is not a race to the finish line after all. It is a journey. It can get brutal and rough, but never forget that there is hope, faith and life in it, including those who have your back everyday.

Pressing on,
B.E.

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