Lately I’ve been thinking about how it seems to me that most of human kind have a low tolerance (including myself) to “The process of learning”. “The process of growth”.
There is too much emphasis on perfection, so much that it paralyzes people.
Perfection does not exist in the way we think it does.
What is perfection? In context to the right behavior: what if I told you that you are already perfect? That you are perfect when you are in the state of becoming better, fixing things so that things flow and work better. Striving to do better than you did yesterday. Growing….
Perfection is not a destination or a state of end. To end is opposite to salvation, exaltation, growth and happiness. Ultimately people think that “when” we are perfect we are done. To be done is to die physically and spiritually. This is opposite to salvation/growth.
Perfection is to be in a state of growth.
Perfection IS NOT the absence of mistakes; perfection is the allowance of mistakes necessary for growth. Because, it’s from mistakes that you eventually will learn to do the right things – from learning what not to do.
There will ALWAYS be something to attain, something to learn.
And because we DON’T KNOW IT ALL NOW…
We are like little children falling forward striving to find our next step. Every step brings us closer to higher levels of freedom.
Because we are always learning, it means that there will always be mistakes. While in this process, some mistakes will disappear while new ones appear. If we are not making mistakes, then we are not growing – making us blind to the need of improvement. When we are blind to our own learning and the falling forward process; we grow impatient with others. We do not see their errors as a process of failing forward. We see them as objects – “stupid creatures”. They drive us nuts and irritate the heck out of us. Because of our own BLINDNESS!
Perfection is the balance between two opposing forces that work together. Opposing forces bring harmony because they complete each other.
We would not need each other if all of us were what we conceive as “perfection”
God made us (“imperfect”) SO THAT we do need each other.
THEREFORE, GOD made us perfect because we need each other to achieve the ultimate state of happiness. When we work together, harmonizing our strengths and weaknesses, and become one. Being one in purpose. Replicating the order of our pre-mortal lives with our heavenly families.
The atonement of Jesus Christ covers us when we fall short in striving to become one in purpose with others. Jesus suffered enough. Don’t make yourself suffer more because you THINK you can’t go on. All things are possible when we work together as a team. In our proper roles.
Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t expect others to never make a mistake. Try to change and do better. When you have that expectation on yourself, you’ll have that expectation of others. That is perfection.
(I highly recommend watching the movie TRON. It really made this stick deeper.)