“Phrase to remind that we all fail at times.”
How Can You Make Mistakes And Still Be “Perfect”?
But what about the fact that we all make mistakes? How can one be “perfect” and still make mistakes? Easy. Mistakes do not diminish perfection; they enhance it to the extent that we learn from those mistakes. It has well been said, “there are no mistakes; only learning opportunities.” Mistakes are how we humans learn! If we don’t make mistakes, we do nothing and we don’t learn. Making mistakes is as much a part of human nature as eating and sleeping. It cannot and must not be resisted. It is the only way we grow.
Making mistakes can be costly, to be sure, and costly in many ways. But this is what we call “experience,” and experience cannot be acquired by book learning alone. Mistakes and experience are directly related: the more costly the mistake, the higher the value of our experience. And this only adds to our perfection!
Of course, it is not wise to be so careless that we make mistakes that we would not have otherwise made if we had just given the matter some thought in advance. Being careless only forces us to unnecessarily learn the same lesson twice.
“Perfection” and the Guilt Factor
How many people carry around a huge bag of guilt over their shoulder? Just about everyone. How about you? How long have you been carrying around your “guilt bag”? Most of your life?
You know how it works; you screw up and make a mistake. Then you incriminate, convict, and sentence yourself to terrible mental and emotional anguish for your “crime.” Then you deliberately and painstakingly add this “crime” to your guilt bag. And you continue to carry around your guilt bag with almost a distorted sense of arrogance (self-focus) that only validates your low self-worth. Furthermore, you believe that your guilt bag is invisible to others, but it is not. On some subconscious level, everyone can see your guilt bag, and you can see everyone else’s. It manifests in such areas as weight problems (overweight or underweight), extreme submissiveness or extreme aggression, giving up on life, alcoholism and drug abuse, unrealized potential, and relationship problems. The guilt bag slowly eats away at your soul like a cancer from the inside out.
What do you do with your guilt bag? Simply let go of the death grip you have on it! I know, it’s easier said than done. So how do you begin to let go of it? Get angry that you have been encumbered by guilt and low self-esteem for so long! When your anger goes up, your fear goes down. Begin to view yourself in a healthy and proper way.
“What I do is not necessarily who I am.” Give yourself permission to learn the lesson from your “mistake,” make amends if necessary, and then move forward guilt-free. Make the decision to cease being immodest and self-focused.
Perfection is not knowing all. That’s omniscience.
Perfection is not being everywhere when needed. That’s omnipresence.
Perfection is not an ability to do everything.That’s omnipotence.
Perfection is finding a way to be present in this moment.
Perfection is deciding to be more of myself in the next moment than I was in the moment before, and all the while to inspire another to be more authentic in the next moment. Imagine a world characterized by this human perfection.