Perfection – Is it possible, or not?

When I think of perfection, the very word covers such a variety of concepts, beliefs, situations, that even grasping it is difficult. Yet when I encounter perfection, recognition floods over me. My spirits soar, life is good, nothing is impossible.

This mysterious reality pops up when it is least expected. Waking up to blue skies and sunshine dancing on wet bushes outside my window sets the mood. A phone call from a dear old friend comes at just the right moment. Perfect – just perfect!

The range of this elusive entity is amazing: from “the ridiculous to the sublime” it holds sway. I try on a sweater that has become too tight, and surprisingly find that it now fits. Leaving on my daily walk, I come across a spot where the path is carpeted with the beautiful white petals from a Star Magnolia tree. Looking up I see the mother tree, with a few remaining flowers and many tiny, new, green leaves. Perfection!

Frequent, fleeting, and unannounced, it is still somehow everywhere, offering the same elixir in different doses. I must be awake and aware very moment. Life requires that I handle the difficult and the unwanted. Perfection’s visits provide a valuable balance in daily life. What a wonderful gift!


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12 Responses to Perfection

  1. Alison Uhrbach

    Your essay is a wonderful way to start my day! I need reminding to look for the perfection in every day – as you say – even if it is just for a moment! Alison

  2. Norma Lendrum

    Thank you for the wonderful thoughts. We do need a reminder that there is perfection out there – especially in trying times. You express it so very well as always. Thank you.

    • Marjorie

      Thank you, Norma, for your interest and comments. Today it is easier than some to see the perfection – a perfect day here, and contacts with friends.

  3. Morag Dornian

    Marjorie, this has made my day. I make an attempt to be AWARE. So often the little things escape our notice. This reminds us there is perfection to be enjoyed all around us.

    • Marjorie

      Morag – Good Friday, and a beautiful day here, a nice time to hear from you. I am going out to enjoy the sun. With any luck it will balance out the small problem I am having with my computer!

  4. Judith

    Gram, it reminds me of Linda saying that Anne told her to tell us to “pay attention!”

    • Marjorie

      Judith – One of the things that gave me comfort when my niece, Anne, died so young, was that she got so much out of every day she lived! The tragedy of having her life ending when she was in her forties remains, but at least she got a lot out of the time she had. She touched the lives of so many. I am glad you remember.

  5. barbara carlson

    Happy Easter DAY, Marjorie. A wonderful post! I like to find those Zen moments every day and the more you look for them, the more you find. 🙂

  6. barbara carlson

    The Comments are closed for the Chance Encounter posting, so I will put my Comment here:

    You wrote: “My son, today two things have happened. We lost something precious, and gained something more precious.” Akycha stares at his father in amazement. Koda continues, “The valuable spear head is gone. Lost are the hours spent in forming it. Gained is the knowledge that we have a son who tells the truth, and accepts his responsibility. That is beyond price. In time I will make another spearhead. You will learn from the mistakes you made today, and be closer to being a man.”

    You brought me to tears with this, Marjorie. This wisdom could only have been written by a wonderful parent and her spouse. I envy Isabel who got you for a mother and Sheldon for a father.

    • Marjorie

      Barbara – Never mind that this can’t be added to the other set of comments – it got to me and I do appreciate it. Like everyone else, I love having readers respond, but it is particularly nice (and helpful), to know what part of the “essay” touched them. It always surprises me – different people respond to different parts – every time. You are very kind in your comments. Thank you.