Perfect or Wonderful?

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”

My fridge used to hold magnet that read that quote. As a frequent perfectionist, I enjoyed randomly looking at that reminder to show me that I don’t need everything in my life to be perfect.

The world today tells us that we need to have everything put together. For students, we think we need to get straight A’s, graduate with the perfect job, serve in the community, find “The One,” and still have time to sleep 8 hours at night. Social media shows us the idealistic versions of others’ lives, so we assume that our lives can always be better. We often forget that people don’t put the low points of their days on Facebook or Instagram. We don’t see the fights, critiques from bosses, or speeding tickets. No one’s life is perfect, so why do we want ours to be?

Just because your life isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that it isn’t wonderful.

Any significant other you come across won’t be the perfect person. Any job won’t be free of stress. Any trip to the lake will have stretches where you don’t catch any fish. You will always be disappointed if you expect someone to be perfect (except Jesus), your job to always go smoothly, or to catch a fish on every cast. The flaws are what make people, jobs, trips, and life wonderful.

I know it is easy to sit and say that we shouldn’t want everything to be perfect. At the end of the day, I always try to make the perfect decision or get the perfect score. I hate getting a test back and seeing a B or knowing that I failed in anything. It isn’t reasonable to expect myself or anyone else to magically shift their mindset to being okay with imperfection.

Let’s just start by noticing the wonderful things around you every day. Think about what makes you laugh today. Think about your favorite trip over the last year. Reflect on something someone told you this week that made you feel special and appreciated.

Life has wonderful moments. Don’t let failures or imperfections distract from the greatness around you.

I appreciate you.


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