Here I am again, Catherine Witherell reporter at large for the Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank, an idea begun by Andes Cruz, one of my current companions in this phase of "My Creative Life".
I found this at the Marin Antique Fair last month. I called her Picasette.
We've definitely fallen into a philosophical and thought provoking mood this time of year and I continue with today's post. The topic for discussion is "What is your idea of perfection?"
This arrived at our house one day on the side of a box of computer equipment - I took it as a reality check.
I really have something to say about this topic, having had my share of arguments with others about how "UN" perfect everything in life IS.
I've found that everyone's definition of the word is different but as a starting point, how about we see what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness.
But there's more, lots more. You can go read the whole thing for yourself but my favorite part was this:
"The oldest definition of "perfection", fairly precise and distinguishing the shades of the concept, goes back to Aristotle. In Book Delta of the Metaphysics, he distinguishes three meanings of the term, or rather three shades of one meaning, but in any case three different concepts. That is perfect:
1. which is complete — which contains all the requisite parts;
2. which is so good that nothing of the kind could be better;
3. which has attained its purpose.
The first of these concepts is fairly well subsumed within the second. Between those two and the third, however, there arises a duality in concept. This duality was expressed by Thomas Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, when he distinguished a twofold perfection: when a thing is perfect in itself — as he put it, in its substance; and when it perfectly serves its purpose."
And I think WE humans fall into this category. But I'm sure that there are many counter-arguments that you dear readers would put forth that would be valid in essence but this is my blog and so I'm the one giving the opinion here and now. Rebuttals accepted in the comments section.
I think we all start out perfect and remain perfect in the way that a constantly changing and adapting organism is perfect in it's choices and the changes it experiences throughout it's life. We get no guarantees of anything and we get what we get.
I looked up and found this circular rainbow on a sunny day and it messed with my mind.
So, I am complete because all my parts work and I'm healthy and I think about things and figure stuff out, I'm proud to say. There are no versions of me other than this one, so I'm the best I can be in this moment. TaDa! I'm living my purpose . . . I think living covers it.
THE PARADOX is that each of us has a brain and we are smart rats and we have all these words which can be put together in any configuration and some people perceive the cup "half full" and you know, the others see theirs "half empty".
But what if someone doesn't have anything else to compare their life to, they have very little but they're alive, happily having fun, enough food, a friend who cares about them and they are feeling good about things. I really don't think that perfection has a lot to do with the outer circumstances of a person's life. It's probably enough if they are satisfied and occupied with what they have in theirs.
Maya Angelou is a smart cookie.
I also think a beautiful thing is perfect and that beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. This photo of the leaf knocks me out with it's beauty and it isn't even new or green and it has blotches and looks to be on it's way out of this world but to me, it has meaning.
So I offer you this definition of "PERFECTION". It's when what you feel, what you say and what you do are all in alignment. They all match up. You're happily grooving inside yourself and not looking to the circumstances of your life to make you happy. You're paying attention to how you feel and you're making decisions based on what would be the next most fun and right thing to do, including meeting the responsibilities you signed on for . . . like your job, your marriage, your kids, your level of comfort, whether you are understood and loved (which I believe are all things you added to your life after the baseline of just being alive) and feeling like you can deal with and solve your challenges as they come. They come to everyone. No one escapes their challenges.
This awesome little bag was created by Anahata Katkin's company Papaya!
I'm putting my favorite pens in it and carrying it with me everywhere. It's helping me to remember one of my challenges.
I think it's possible that "perfection" seems to be absent when we lose our perspective and are lost in the mind game of thinking about the past or the future over which we have little control.
There really is value to living in the here and the NOW. That's all there is. I'm working on it.
I was vacuuming one day and when I dropped the cord it just fell into this pattern. An odd little twist, isn't it?
If you have some time while you're sitting there to read a little more, please visit some of these other thinkers to see if what they have to say resonates with you and if you have an opinion, give it to me.
Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
Kathleen Krucoff: http://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/
Diana Bell: www.bellsprings.blogspot.com