Much of our suffering comes from the pursuit of perfection. From a human perspective, if we cannot be satisfied with giving our best then we will never be satisfied. The goal of life is not to be perfect. If it was then the lead story on the news would be Mary and John Smith just reached perfection today, we knew it was just a matter of time. Unfortunately, the ego is never satisfied and will quickly move on to something else which says, see this is not perfect. When we can let go of this striving and use our energy for more useful pursuits then life becomes more enjoyable.
From a spiritual perspective, everything is perfect just the way it is. Many people have a problem with this because they only look at one part and not the whole. How can things be perfect when they are not going the way I want them to go? When we can be OK with whatever is happening instead of resisting we start living in the moment. The vicissitudes of life no longer feel so drastic and things become more peaceful. We realize that no matter what is happening in the moment there is always a higher purpose. We know that there is opportunity in every challenge we face in life. Seeing this truth during difficult times allows grace to enter our lives.
If you are one of those people who are always chasing perfection, just begin to notice your behavior. If you are ready to let the striving go then bringing your behavior into your awareness will begin the process. With continued awareness and a clear intention to stop this behavior, you will gain spiritual intelligence to do just that. With vigilance to the call of the Divine, we cannot be stopped by the False-Self on our journey to connect with who we truly are. Remember you cannot be yourself unless you give up the idea to be perfect.
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