Friday, May 13, 2011

Imperfect birds

So many of the people I encounter, either in the Church or in the university setting, push themselves hard, holding themselves and others to a standard so high that it encourages an obsessive drive for perfection.

Last weekend, my body sent me a clear message to stop this insane perfectionism. Is it so hard to be content with doing our very best, and praying to do better? We're human, and humans make mistakes, don't always get things done, offend others when it's the last thing intended.

This line from Anne Lamott's newest book, Imperfect birds, stands out, and I'll share it here: "Rae had once made a room-sized weaving for Audubon's Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, of egrets and herons nesting in redwood trees, and Elizabeth remembered now the secret ribbon woven into one branch, which bore the words of Rumi: 'Each has to enter the nest made by the other imperfect bird.'"


Blogger Castanea_d said...

I certainly need this counsel. Thank you for expressing it.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Trees of the Field said...

Once again, we independently blog around the same thoughts!

4:44 AM  

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