Friday, August 11, 2006

The problem with perfectionism

In the January 2004 issue of O Magazine, Sharon Salzberg takes a look at skillful ways of dealing with our own failures and imperfections. Here are several quotes from that article:
By prizing heartfulness above faultlessness, we may reap more from our effort because we're more likely to be changed by it.
If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again.
Often we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are willing to start over, when we don't give up after a mistake, when something doesn't come easily but we throw ourselves into trying, when we're not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished.
We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it.

Remember, perfectionism is really a form of pride. Let's all have the humility to let go of the need to be perfect because if we're able to forgive ourselves we can more easily forgive others.

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