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This article is about my opinion on Perfectionism.

perfection, perfectionist,    spirituality, society

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What is Perfectionism? Perfectionism is defined as a meticulous drive to
attain excellence. A perfectionist is one who has this characteristic.

'Perfectionism' is a most prevalent belief in our civilization. Notice
that I used the word 'belief'.

Everywhere in this world of ours, perfectionism is regarded as good and
desirable while imperfection is deem as bad or negative. Everybody wants
everybody else to be perfect. Bosses want their employees to be flawless
on the job. Parents want their kids to be the best. Perfectionists want
their work and themselves to be perfect.

Since it is so strongly regarded as being positive, is Perfectionism
really an absolute or universal value? In my opinion, it is not so.
To me, it is relative and is born of human conception. Perfection is an
idea. It is an idea of a perceived ideal state of affair. However, things
are the way they are. For every circumstances, the truth is what is at
each instance. Perfection and imperfection are therefore merely attached

I am not suggesting that perfectionism is not good. I am suggesting that
perhaps perfectionism can cast a controlling net over our expression of
happiness. One can reach the required goal with or without being a
perfectionist. To be a perfectionist, on the other hand, leave very
little room for one to accept and love oneself unconditionally when a
desired goal is not met. And when our desires are not met, we feel
unhappy or cannot be fully satisfied. However, the truth is we only have
each moment of the Present Moment to live in. By being perfectionist, our
mind will be forever planning and thinking about the future or lamenting
about what went wrong in the past. Because of these tendencies, many
perfectionists are unable to feel satisfaction because in their
perception they never seem to do things good enough to warrant that
feeling of contentment.

From this, we can see a paradox of life. That is:

"How can one have <b>perfect</b> peace, self-love and joy when one is a
perfectionist? "
Thank you for reading.