Why Flubbing on Perfection is the Way to Find Joy

Why Flubbing on Perfection is the Way to Find Joy
Pearls

 
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Continually striving for perfection keeps us from growing and changing what needs to be made better, even though it's never going to be perfect. Whether we realize it or not, we associate a joyful life with a life of perfection. We can’t enjoy life if we’re not perfect—or so we think—nor can we enjoy our neighbors or our lovers or our situation in life. So let’s pause right here because this is one of humanity’s biggest bonehead beliefs. Essentially, we demand perfection, and that’s just not what’s happening…

It’s time to connect the dots between how our need for perfection alienates us from our true selves, which in turn hoses up our chances for a joyful life. No one’s shooting unrealistically for 100% joy here, but it could be possible to have a lot more joy than we do now…Only by accepting that we are imperfect beings can we grow out of our imperfections and enjoy the experience of being who we really are, right now…

People, we don’t have to be problem-free. In truth, we cannot be. We don’t have to be perfect to live fully, have more awareness and enjoy more fulfilling experiences. Accepting our imperfections, in fact, makes us less imperfect and flexible enough to change…The trouble, as is often the case, is our dualistic either/or attitude. Either we strive for immediate perfection—ignoring what’s still not perfect—or we give up…

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Read Pearls, Chapter 9: Why Flubbing on Perfection is the Way to Find Joy

Read Original Pathwork® Lecture: #97 Perfectionism Obstructs Happiness – Manipulation of Emotions

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