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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 21, 2017

      

            “Perfection has one grave defect, it is apt to be dull:” … W. Somerset Maugham

        I not only agree with this statement, but I believe that seeking “perfection” is potentially destructive.  The concept of perfection permeates the race consciousness and derives so much of the feelings associated with it from comparisons and fantasies.  It is not unusual for someone to state that they are looking for the “perfect soul mate” or that their goal is to realize perfection in whatever it is that they seek to accomplish.  For centuries people have used the label of perfection to identify the deities of religions without ever taking the time to truly examine the lives of those they identify as perfect.  The same is true for so many things both little and large.  Someone may state that they have the “perfect car” until they receive a “recall notice” in the mail.  Perfect is illusive and often very temporary.

       
The desire to attain perfection often creates negative discontent with that which is good and wonderful, yet seemingly imperfect.  But this doesn’t have to be the case for us once we realize that “perfect” cannot block the good that we enjoy.  After all, even the Hope diamond is not flawless, but I would wager that the few people who have possessed it really cared about its very slight inclusions.

         We can look to the wisdom of Solomon for some understanding regarding perfection; from Ecclesiastes 7:20:Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

            There is a myriad of causes as to why people voice openly or have thoughts of self-depreciation.  I believe so much of this self-depreciation comes from a pattern of thinking that there are perfect people but they themselves are imperfect.  But this idea of perfect people is a fantasy.  As the American Mystic Ernest Holmes stated, “even G-d could not create the perfect man” and “Creative Mind cannot force itself upon us, because we have the power of self-choice. It recognizes us when we recognize it. When we think that we are limited or have not been heard, it must take that thought and bring it into manifestation for us.”

        This discontent driven by a false idea of perfect can block even the best of us from progressing forward in our lives.  Let us realize that our thoughts and feelings have power to stop us, block us, obstruct us, from the joy and the peace that comes with knowing that we can always make our best better no matter what conditions this current best has revealed itself to be.  In our human-ness we have simply impaired our abilities by the lack of attention we give to focusing on our best.  

This is what I tell myself each day:
“Pursue joy not perfection.  Joy is attainable every day … perfection not so much.” 

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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