“The perfect human being is uninteresting. … It is the imperfections of life that are lovable. … Perfection is a bore, it’s inhuman. … the imperfection, striving, living … that’s what’s lovable.” Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth (discovered in Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger).
I like this quote very much. But I admit that we all strive for some kind of perfectness. Or “good enough” as we sometimes put it in order not to be blamed being a perfectionist.
Perfect according Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is among other “having everything that is necessary; complete and without faults or weaknesses” or “the best of its kind”. In this Learner’s Dictionary, there are seven definitions of perfect. And my guess is that there are many more in various other dictionaries and thesauri.
I had the most wonderful Easter holidays this year. I can say they were perfect. But not because I liked everything or everyone that came my way all the time. Far from it. I had my share of upsets and happened to be angry at least once.
But what was wonderful is that I was more and more aware of what was happening around me and inside me, without judgment, and discovered novelty and the wonder of the current moment.
This is what is truly perfect: the novelty of a moment.
I realized that as soon as I am here in a given moment and discover the novelty of this particular moment, as soon as I say “Wow!” it appears perfect to me. And I suspect I am not alone in this.
To anyone who reads this: have a perfect day full of discoveries at the very place and in the very moment where you are!
Picture: when I saw these trees, close to where I live, being surrounded by flowers, I said “Wow!” and took this picture.