It would be difficult for anyone to find or have inner peace when they don’t accept they have imperfections. Unfortunately, the desire for perfection and the need for inner peace will always be a source of conflict.
I have seen first-hand what happens, what happens when we feel the need to change something because we want it better than the way we have things now and it doesn’t end well. We need to be grateful and content of the things we have in our lives in the here and now, rather than wanting to change or fix everything all the time, so that we have better and bigger things.
I also believe that the act of focusing on our imperfections takes us away from our goals of having inner peace. I believe that even with the best of intentions, we will never do of our best when we’re attached and focused on the wrong things. Wanting things to be better, means we bring negative thoughts and situations back into the equation.
How many of us validate ourselves on always wanting perfection? We look for perfection, convince ourselves it’s right, when the reality is we should be aiming for the opposite. The idea of a world in which everyone and everything is perfect is nonsensical. Being born with Cerebral Palsy made me less than perfect.
As a child it was because of my parents’ inability to be able to accept that I wasn’t perfect that showed me a different way. Seeing them struggle had the opposite effect on me. There will always be better ways for us to do things, but that’s not the same as having perfection. That doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate and enjoy how we do and have things now.
I believe that we need to consciously bring about our awareness so that when we fall into the habit of wanting to change things for perfection, we tell ourselves that things are fine as they are. We need to remind ourselves that our lives are okay and so are all the other things.
As we begin to eliminate the need for us to be perfect or have perfection in our lives, we’ll begin to discover things that are less than perfect. We need to make peace with ourselves and with our imperfections.