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ZenView By Mary Layton

Perfection Most people strive for perfection. We want to get the perfect score, find the perfect mate or business partner, the perfect happiness, have perfect children, the perfect job, perfect health, perfect looks, write the perfect article.

Meaning to say : We want everything perfect. But is there such a thing? We call a person a perfectionist that has taken the pursuit for perfection to the highest level in all aspects of life. This type of person never wants to make a mistake and must excel at everything. He or she may be working harder and longer hours than other people, but that stubborn striving has a price. How things ought to be and how things really are, don’t line up all the time. Life is not perfect. We suffer when we can’t accept it.

Perfection taken too far can be stifling and rigid. You can see this in interior decoration, architecture, graphic design and various art forms. The Persian carpet weavers, for example, know this and intentionally incorporate one single mistake into the design of each carpet, which only a trained eye can discover! But it is this little mistake, i.e. an added petal on a flower, that does not only bring more vitality and charm to the carpet but also shows humility.

Human beings are not perfect. Only the Creator is. We can certainly try to be and do the best we can. Striving for perfection is a journey, an often humbling endeavor that keeps us busy evolving and entertained for a lifetime.

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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.