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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Striving To Be Perfect

Photo by Laura Stone
Day 12 of Daily Blog Posting with the Ultimate Blog Challenge:

No one ever said I was perfect, well maybe one of two may have said that, but it doesn't really count when they are in a drunken stupor. But, I strive for perfection every day.  All around me I have examples of perfection to look to for inspiration and guidance.  The key is to not be disappointed when, by the end of the day, you are no closer to being a perfect human being than you were when you woke up in the morning.  The central point is that you tried and that you enjoyed trying to be good, better, best.

I am often inspired by the sheer beauty of things...objects....around me.  Take the full moon hanging longer than usual in the sky this morning.  It was 6:25 am and the sky was a noncommittal shade of blue.  Below, the recently seeded winter lawn popped up to say, "I may be young and weak now but soon I will fill in and provide golfers with a plush landing for their golf balls".  (Yes, the grass does talk to me!)

The morning walks with the neighbors and their dogs is filled with relaxing commentary on all things political while we are entertained by the constant frolicking of our four-legged friends.  Animals make you be better people by sharing the master-servant positions; we dutifully pick up their "deposits" in small plastic bags without hesitation.

I am inspired by the writing in the Wall Street Journal each morning and get excited to put something down in writing. I am inspired as I flip through the gorgeous pages of this month's Architectural Digest magazine.  While I may never have a room with furniture that looks cohesive, my home can be clean and organized and I can be appreciative of the items I have collected to date. 

There is a laser-like focus when it comes to the work I do with clients.  Every word on their website or sell sheet must feel perfect for their business objectives.  Sometimes, I have written and rewritten a paragraph so many times that my head spins, but in the end, I feel good that the effort put forth has produced something good and decent.

Parenting is perhaps the hardest area to prefect.  The presentation to the kids is often times derailed and off-target, but you always mean well!  Tell that to a child who you have just told they look like s**t or that they are not trying hard enough, and their feelings are hurt!  But, you keep trying by repeating that you love them dearly and that you only mean well.

It is the process of becoming a better, more perfect being that I find fascinating.  It never gets boring.  It is a worthy cause.  It lasts forever........
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Anonymous Martha giffen said...

Always interesting to see where other folks find inspiration! Found you through the blog challenge. Nice blog!

October 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Nicole Bandes said...

You are perfect. You are perfect just the way you are because everything about you has a reason and a purpose. I'm glad to know such perfection!

October 12, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Lynn Ruby said...

Thanks for a terrific post Beth.

It's only been the in the past 12-18 months that I have gleefully abandoned my pursuit of perfection! What took me so long? It's f--ing fantastic!
Why didn't I figure this out at 20?

October 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Yvonne A Jones said...

We were designed to be perfect so it's a built-in desire but it's good to recognize things outside of ourselves that contribute to our happiness even though they too may not be perfect.

October 14, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

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