Perfectionism is the assumption that the world is not perfect. This assumption is incorrect. Every circumstance is perfect. Pristine nature and a garbage dump are BOTH perfect. The first is a perfect example of the plant and animal domains developing together naturally without human disturbance. The second is a perfect example of exploitation and lack of reverence. The first reveals perfectly the balance and beauty that surrounds us naturally. The second illustrates perfectly how we can disrupt that balance.
Perfectionism ASSUMES that one choice is better than another. ALL choices create perfect consequences. Some choices create circumstances that are more destructive than consequences created by other choices. Some choices create consequences that are more nurturing, but ALL choices create consequences that are perfect—consequences that could not have been otherwise, given the choices that created them. A choice to exploit another person CANNOT create a bond of respect and appreciation. It can create ONLY violence and destruction. Yet when even violence and destruction appear, it is incorrect to say that they are not perfect consequences, given the choice that were made.
The choice that each individual makes, moment by moment, is not between a perfect world and an imperfect world, but between different perfect worlds. Which perfect world do you prefer—pristine nature or a garbage dump? Respect and appreciation or violence and destruction? The choice is yours, but your choice is never between what is perfect and what is flawed. It is between perfection and perfection.”
writing on european trains, one of my favorite things in life.
Breathe, my friend. You are not old, you are young. You are not a mess, you are normal. Extraordinary, perhaps. In the blink of an eye your life will change. And it will continue to change for decades to come. Enjoy it, embrace it… be grateful for the ride. You are not old, you are young. And faith will get you everywhere. Just you wait.”
Dropped my iphone in the water and saw a bear yesterday….Always an adventure at Mount Rainier.