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Perfection, or the Lack Thereof

Posted By: Randy GageJuly 26, 2009

I just want you to know, I have perfect nail beds.

Now I’m not exactly sure what that means, but that’s what Gloria at the salon told me.  And several gals at the place told me I have beautiful eyes and my eyelashes are perfect.  So I’m feeling pretty smug right now.

Now to be fair, I should admit I’m not perfect.  Hard as that is to believe.

I’m a great leader, but not a very good manager.  I get lots done, but sometimes commit to too many projects at once.  I love discourse with intelligent people, but get impatient with ignorant ones.

But here’s my saving grace…

I know that no one is perfect.  And I never will be either.  But I don’t use that as an excuse to stay mired in victim-hood, or justify failure.  I minimize my weaknesses, and play to my strengths.  And work to get just a little bit better every day.   Which makes for a pretty cool life.

So how are you doing on that?  Do you argue for your limitations and let them hold you back?  Or do you cater to your strengths, and keep moving closer to your dreams?

-RG

19 comments on “Perfection, or the Lack Thereof”

  1. Guilty as charged. I find myself justifying the failures too much. That's the challenge isn't it. Randy you touched on the answer. No one is perfect and if we (I) give ourselves (myself) the permission to not be perfect, life gets easier. Part of the solution is personal development, part is critical thinking. Oh and by the way, I have pefect fingers ...:)

  2. Guilty as charged. I find myself justifying the failures too much. That's the challenge isn't it. Randy you touched on the answer. No one is perfect and if we (I) give ourselves (myself) the permission to not be perfect, life gets easier. Part of the solution is personal development, part is critical thinking. Oh and by the way, I have perfect fingers ...:)

  3. It's true... women would kill for your eyelashes.

    What did Gloria and the gals say about your hairdo?

    p.s you are not only very beautiful but modest too. 😉

  4. Ok Sir, beloved RG

    So I've been pondering- what are my strengths? It's a question I ask frequently...

    I'm good at writing REALLY long and frequent emails... have you noticed?

    I'm willing to be edgy, crude and rude. And push my Ego into burning embarassment...

    I'm good at dancing in the shadows where others are to scared to tread and go the distance to get to the otherside...

    I'm great at chalenging the norm... and questioning

    I'm great at trying new things out... and creting processes to empower people emotionally

    I'm good at laughing until my stomach hurts...

    I'm awesome at getting emotional, demanding, relishing in agony, getting messy and dirty in the feeling realm, and wrything in world pain...

    How will ANY of this make me money?

    How do I use that energy to become famously awesomely abundant and serve others with it?

    I'm REALLY good at being a Drama Queen - so I guess... the option for me is to go back to acting so I can monetise my wayward ways...

    Whatcha think - does it suit me?

    Love you
    N

  5. Let me tell you the truth. I love your eyes :), and more... (will tell you later in person, haha)

    Ok Randy, back to the lesson today: Yes I used to feel guilty whenever I made a mistake. Thanks God I learn to accept thing as it is and no one is perfect. Now I accept the mistakes. Just learn the lesson and move forward. Life is short so keep focus on beautiful things 🙂

    Thanks and have a great day!

  6. Randy, I agree wholeheartedly with the point you're making, but....

    I am perfect.

    Every sunset is perfect, just the way it is. Every puppy is perfect -- even 3-legged mongrels misnamed "Lucky". Lucky is perfect. Every hurricane is perfect -- even though I wish they'd keep their perfection away from my house. Everything is perfect, and everyone is perfect. And I am perfect -- although I often forget that.

    The problem lies with our definition of perfection. Having weaknesses doesn't make someone imperfect. What makes people imperfect is believing that their weaknesses somehow limit their potential. What makes people imperfect is believing in their imperfection.

    I am still on a quest for self-development and self-improvement. (Despite the old saying, you CAN improve on perfection.) But I try not to lose sight of the fact that I am already perfect.

    Of course, you are too.
    -jim

  7. Failures need no justification, they're a lesson and an opportunity to grow. Failure doesn't have to be negative.
    Namaste.

  8. Well your writing leads me to believe you can make money at any number of creative things, writing being one of them. Communication is one of the most important skills in the world right now, and you do that very well. That is worth a lot in the right arena.

    -RG

  9. Thanks RG!

    I just have to overcome that resistance... I promised myself to discipline myself to write something... Yet what, about what...

    If I start - I can happily work through night after night after ngiht on littlesleep - it's just getting the idea of what.

    BTW - You make communicaiton easy - because yu're so authentic, real, and honest. It's a joy to communicate with you.

    Thanks for your love and friendship! xox

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  • 19 comments on “Perfection, or the Lack Thereof”

    1. Guilty as charged. I find myself justifying the failures too much. That's the challenge isn't it. Randy you touched on the answer. No one is perfect and if we (I) give ourselves (myself) the permission to not be perfect, life gets easier. Part of the solution is personal development, part is critical thinking. Oh and by the way, I have pefect fingers ...:)

    2. Guilty as charged. I find myself justifying the failures too much. That's the challenge isn't it. Randy you touched on the answer. No one is perfect and if we (I) give ourselves (myself) the permission to not be perfect, life gets easier. Part of the solution is personal development, part is critical thinking. Oh and by the way, I have perfect fingers ...:)

    3. It's true... women would kill for your eyelashes.

      What did Gloria and the gals say about your hairdo?

      p.s you are not only very beautiful but modest too. 😉

    4. Ok Sir, beloved RG

      So I've been pondering- what are my strengths? It's a question I ask frequently...

      I'm good at writing REALLY long and frequent emails... have you noticed?

      I'm willing to be edgy, crude and rude. And push my Ego into burning embarassment...

      I'm good at dancing in the shadows where others are to scared to tread and go the distance to get to the otherside...

      I'm great at chalenging the norm... and questioning

      I'm great at trying new things out... and creting processes to empower people emotionally

      I'm good at laughing until my stomach hurts...

      I'm awesome at getting emotional, demanding, relishing in agony, getting messy and dirty in the feeling realm, and wrything in world pain...

      How will ANY of this make me money?

      How do I use that energy to become famously awesomely abundant and serve others with it?

      I'm REALLY good at being a Drama Queen - so I guess... the option for me is to go back to acting so I can monetise my wayward ways...

      Whatcha think - does it suit me?

      Love you
      N

    5. Let me tell you the truth. I love your eyes :), and more... (will tell you later in person, haha)

      Ok Randy, back to the lesson today: Yes I used to feel guilty whenever I made a mistake. Thanks God I learn to accept thing as it is and no one is perfect. Now I accept the mistakes. Just learn the lesson and move forward. Life is short so keep focus on beautiful things 🙂

      Thanks and have a great day!

    6. Randy, I agree wholeheartedly with the point you're making, but....

      I am perfect.

      Every sunset is perfect, just the way it is. Every puppy is perfect -- even 3-legged mongrels misnamed "Lucky". Lucky is perfect. Every hurricane is perfect -- even though I wish they'd keep their perfection away from my house. Everything is perfect, and everyone is perfect. And I am perfect -- although I often forget that.

      The problem lies with our definition of perfection. Having weaknesses doesn't make someone imperfect. What makes people imperfect is believing that their weaknesses somehow limit their potential. What makes people imperfect is believing in their imperfection.

      I am still on a quest for self-development and self-improvement. (Despite the old saying, you CAN improve on perfection.) But I try not to lose sight of the fact that I am already perfect.

      Of course, you are too.
      -jim

    7. Failures need no justification, they're a lesson and an opportunity to grow. Failure doesn't have to be negative.
      Namaste.

    8. Well your writing leads me to believe you can make money at any number of creative things, writing being one of them. Communication is one of the most important skills in the world right now, and you do that very well. That is worth a lot in the right arena.

      -RG

    9. Thanks RG!

      I just have to overcome that resistance... I promised myself to discipline myself to write something... Yet what, about what...

      If I start - I can happily work through night after night after ngiht on littlesleep - it's just getting the idea of what.

      BTW - You make communicaiton easy - because yu're so authentic, real, and honest. It's a joy to communicate with you.

      Thanks for your love and friendship! xox

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