some of us who are sticklers for getting everything exact find we have little patience even with ourselves as we strive for perfection . should we utter a wrong word or loose our train of thought as we are speaking before others . should a word be left out or misplaced in a text we have published . should we hit a bum note as we are playing a piece of music . should we spill a little coffee on our shirt while we are in public . if we are going out and there is a blemish on our face . our disappointment knows no bounds . we feel we are lacking and begin to panic . the whole world is looking at us and laughing and waiting to pounce upon us with a “gotcha” .
the same is how we might judge others . along the course of life we will find how someone who is admired during one period during another period says something wrong . they hurt others with their speech or actions and people are immediately prepared to write them off . indeed there is something to said about those who constantly are insensitive and sting the hearts of many . there is no need to remain in the company of those who behave that way . but those who on occasion fail in one way or another should perhaps be judged more holistically . more on the basis of all they have said and done than on one misplaced moment .
hopefully we are all evolving forward . we are tapping more and more into our higher nature . we should have pity on ourselves and realize that nothing is this perpetually changing world is yet or ever will be perfect . this universe is not capable of holding True perfection . yes . we always desire to perform at our best . to be aware of our words and deeds and the thoughts that precede them . but then too . it helps little to dive into a tailspin and become flustered when something does not turn out the way we expect or intend or we become aware of a previous error . at least we are aware that there is something inaccurate . when and if we can make a correction that is fine . but then too we are confronting that we are still human and all the frailties that go with being human . we have not yet achieved the pinnacle of perfection . and if we can have mercy on our poor fallible self . then too perhaps we can offer the same mercy on those who trespass against us .
and while on the subject . it may be good to examine why we get so bent out of shape when we discover something is not “perfect” . where does that come from . do we perhaps consider it a sign of weakness and do not want anyone to consider us weak . has there been a time when we were so criticized for any blemish of error that we fear making a mistake . is there someone we hold in high esteem and feel they would never make such errors . do we so fear coloring outside the lines that we may be holding back our own creativity due to such fears . maybe it is time for a reality check .
there are some master artists who will purposefully leave an imperfection in their paintings because it gives it character . it makes it accessible to others . in the spiritual world there would be no need for unconditional Love if there were no conditions to overlook . great character strength comes through overcoming our imperfections and also with the humility to realize that they do exist in us . perhaps next time we spill coffee on our shirt in public we can laugh rather than worry that others have observed our clumsiness