Episode 23: No One’s Perfect (not even you! :)

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“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers...even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.” ~ Abraham Maslow from Motivation and Personality

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No One’s Perfect (not even you! :)

“There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers...even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.” ~ Abraham Maslow from Motivation and Personality

As Rumi reminds us, “There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.”

No one’s perfect. Yes, that includes you. And me. And, well, everyone. :)

Anthony de Mello has a great line that helped me here. He said something along the lines of, “I’m screwed up, you’re screwed up. Now, let’s talk!”

Isn’t that awesome!?? There’s something magical that happens when we quit pretending that we are—or need to be—perfect. The facades can come down and we can have a *real* interaction with someone. Powerful stuff.

How can you embrace your imperfection a little more today? Can you relax a little more? Let go of the tight grip on the impulse to always-need-to-come-across-as-perfect-b/c-if-someone-sees-you’re-not-perfect-then-OMG-what-will-happen? :)

Schew. Me, too. We allllll can afford to laugh a little more and take ourselves just a little less seriously, eh? (Again, relax and remember: there are no perfect human beings.

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