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Perfectly Imperfect

One day while I was grabbing a coffee, I overheard a couple of colleagues lamenting about another co-worker who apparently “had it all.” Before they walked away, one said, “Fortunate for her for being born under a lucky star.” The other replied, “I only wish I was as fortunate as Ms. Perfect.” I wanted to tell them to wake up and smell the coffee as the person they were glorifying is just as imperfect as they are.

We’ve all heard the grass is always greener on the other side. While this can be true in some cases, it’s difficult to build self-respect when we are constantly comparing ourselves to others and putting them above us.

Sure the person you are comparing yourself to may appear to have a “perfect life,” but if you were to take a moment to get to know them, I bet you’ll discover he or she is no different than you are. That person may have the same fears, faults and misconceptions as you do. We are so imperfect by nature that through media, magazines and the latest diet fads we’ve come to believe that we should strive to look a certain way.

One of the ways to get around this way of thinking is to remember that nature did not intend for us to be perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect person or life. The only way we ever see it manifested is on the big screen, and even Hollywood can’t make authentic representations because this concept doesn’t exist.

The next time you catch yourself comparing yourself to others, bring your focus and awareness back to you. Remember, you are just as important and unique as the person you are glorifying. You are on the same balance scale of life.

A few tips on life:

1) Accept that you are perfectly imperfect.
2) Accept that everyone else is too.
3) Stop comparing.
4) Don’t judge others because you feel that they have more.
5) Discontinue the belief that you somehow got the short end of the stick.
6) Be grateful for “YOU.”

Keep these tips in mind the next time you come across someone who you think has it all.

Instead, remember how fortunate you both are for breathing the same air, walking the same earth and being born under that same lucky star. Accepting the perfectly imperfect principle will help you embrace and honour your own life that much more.

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