What is imperfection? It is a fault, flaw, a disfigurement, distorted, and the descriptive list goes on and on. Imperfection will always be abhorred by many.

A lot of us will aim and desire for perfection in everything we do. However, there are lessons to be learned from being imperfect. We can as well learn from the mistakes of others, and make these work to our own advantage.

Imperfections inspire us to be creative, to be strong, and to be compassionate.

A pianist will endure hours of practice each day to overcome imperfection and to achieve perfection in playing classical pieces with ease and confidence.

A rough diamond will be turned into an exquisite expensive stone desired by many, thanks to the creative skilled hands of a diamond cutter. An aspiring chef will diligently work to perfect a signature dish.

These are only a few examples of how imperfection can lead to perfection.

Imperfection challenges us to work harder to reach our ultimate goal and be the best of what we are. It makes us compassionate and forces us to fully understand the feelings and suffering of other people especially those who share the same problems we are going through.

Nonetheless, there is also an ugly side of being a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist will lead to stress, mental blackout, and at times depression. Being a perfectionist could lead to doubt other people’s abilities, thus unable to delegate the work and the end result will be discontentment, unhappiness and exhaustion.

How can we deal with imperfections?

First and foremost, we should remember that no one is perfect. We all have our own shortcomings and flaws.

Secondly, enjoy life itself, and if you have physical disabilities, try to overcome them by adjusting what is comfortable to your situation.

There are those people with no legs and arms but still live normal lives by conquering their own challenges and becoming more than they could imagine. Know your limitations and explore your talents especially for those with physical disabilities. They can be  good in sport, writing and music.

Do not compare yourself with others, as It can lead to disappointments and frustrations. Each of us is different and special in our own way. Imagine, if we live in a perfect world with perfect people around, life will be boring and uninteresting. Always count your blessings and this will put a smile on your face.

I believe that once you reach your goal of being nearly perfect in life whether it be a success in career, financial status, fame or family life, we must always remain humble or else perfection is irrelevant.

An excerpt from my book My Innermost Thoughts

I believe that life does not need to be perfect

Imperfection challenges, motivates, stimulates

The desire to grow and be a better person

Imperfection makes us humble

Helps us to accept, things we cannot change

Imperfection enables us to see life

From a different perspective

Perhaps so, we can see more in depth meaning

Of what life is all about

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Lorna Ramirez
LORNA RAMIREZ was born, raised and educated in Manila in the Philippines, attaining a degree in Chemical Engineering and working as a laboratory manager in a textiles company. In 1977, with her husband and her son and daughter she migrated to Australia. She worked as a laboratory technician and a chemist in Australia, only retiring in the year 2000 to care for her first grandchild. Lorna Ramirez has travelled extensively, gaining much from her interactions with people all over the world and building a strong foundation for her philosophies about life. She loves gardening, cooking, and reading and playing the piano. She is also interested in the Stock Exchange. Throughout her life, Lorna Ramirez, a woman of faith, has been a wise observer of human behaviour and has collected her many pearls of wisdom and observations to produce this inspiring and uplifting book.


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