theory – the problem with perfection

For my sisters, myself, and anyone else who is finding similar trials…

My Grommie made an interesting comment to me last week, that she had raised a perfect child.  Well, my mother sure wasn’t as lucky.  She hasn’t raised any perfect children yet out of her 6.  I’m the oldest, there were three girls and then three boys.  So you’d think there is some hope for the boys since they were raised with four mothers!  (the youngest of my brothers is 12…I’m 31!). 

Instead, I’m realizing that my sisters and I are all striving for perfection, but almost striving too hard.  Can you strive too hard?  The problem with perfection, I’ve decided, is that there is no room for growth and even worse, no room for mistakes.  So instead of being constantly pleased with the progress in our lives, we three gals have been beating up ourselves because we are faltering time and time again.  The worst part is that I haven’t realized it until lately.

Recent heart-to-heart conversations with my sisters have revealed that we are all struggling with “letting go.”   Sure we are each holding on to different things, but we are still holding on.  Some of the things we have chosen to hold on to are our shortcomings…our mistakes.  By holding on, we aren’t letting ourselves move on, change and grow.  Sometimes it is the hurt or pains of life that we’re holding on to, but whatever it is…they must be let go! 

  1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the asin which doth so easily bbeset us, and let us run with cpatience the race that is set before us.

Yet another reason I need to take this blog/site/theory more seriously.  I have an opportunity to ponder, make new goals, assess my progress, and hopefully, one day, become closer to that perfection I so desire.  The race is too hard and too long to let any weight or sin beset us!

So, I’m working on a new goal.  One of patience.  Patience with myself.  Patience to Perfection.

3 thoughts on “theory – the problem with perfection

  1. Remember, you won’t be perfect until after you die.
    So being close to perfection is about as good as it gets in this life.
    Sometimes, I think the more you strive for “perfection” the worse off you are. But, if you’re striving to do your best and be your best self, then you are much closer to attaining perfection. Do I make sense?

  2. You make soo much sense Cassandra! Part of the conversation with one of my sisters included her desire to accept who she was and not try to be something that she’s not. Being my best self to acheive perfection…I’ll work on that. Thx!

  3. Pingback: theory - why is it so hard to let go? « the daily delights

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