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Ring the Bells That Can Still Ring. Forget Your Perfect Offering. There Is a Crack in Everything. That's How the Light Gets in - Leonard Cohen

Ring the Bells That Can Still Ring. Forget Your Perfect Offering. There Is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the Light Gets in – Leonard Cohen

I’m in the process of learning that I don’t have to be perfect. I still stress over every grade lower than an A, over every blemish on my skin, over every word I say that could have been misinterpreted. I have to tell myself after the fact to breathe deeply and remember the big picture. Perfection isn’t necessary, nor is it possible. To love one’s faults is to find peace.

After all, if everyone were perfect, life would be stunningly boring. We’d be like gears in a clock—working correctly, sure, but mechanical and stuck in an endless cycle. The world may seem like a clock, of which you appear to be the only broken cog. The world, however, is not a clock, and to be broken is to be human. “To err is human,” to draw from a different quote.

Ring the bells that can still ring. Do what you can, not what you should. Do what is possible. Not to say you should stop trying to be better—you can certainly work to improve your weaknesses, but don’t aim for perfection, just betterment. Enjoy your cracks, especially the ones you cannot or prefer not to fix. They’re beauty marks. They’re how people recognize you. If I put on cover up to hide my freckles and wrinkles, I look plastic. More perfect, sure, but not like myself at all. 

If you’re like me and have trouble forgetting perfection and appreciating your cracks, that’s okay too. Love that about yourself! Start by loving that crack, and go from there. Being imperfect doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it means you’re alive.

Ring the Bells That Can Still Ring. Forget Your Perfect Offering. There Is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the Light Gets in – Leonard Cohen
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About Christina Bagni

Christina Bagni is a Writing, Literature, and Publishing major at Emerson College. Her work can be found in The Boston Globe, the Underground Literary Magazine, and Outdoor Guide Magazine. She also plays ukulele and likes to wear too many scarves. She blogs about the introvert life at site www.introvertplayground.wordpress.com

21 comments

  1. Lately I’m feeling a lot better now I’ve stopped worrying about the things I don’t do!

  2. This is the kind of stuff I’ve been meditating over quite a lot lately. I’m trying to “effort” less, and simply allow things to flow and be as they are, flaws and all. https://primavitablog.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/slow-down-you-move-too-fast/

  3. I love this, do you mind if I share it? x

  4. Trying to be perfect is exhausting. I’ve learned that it is easier to accept “7 times down, 8 times up” as a rule.

  5. Amen! Perfection is the elusive quest for something unreal. You can never quite get there, and by whose standard is perfection determined? God never asked for perfection.

  6. They say perfection doesn’t exist, but everything that we are is perfect. THE FAILURES are perfection in themselves because they’re what forces us to change, get better, improve. But we lack to see that although we CAN get better, we are already perfect with what we have; we just must be sure that we’re using our abilities for the good. If you’re doing the best you can, then you’re perfect. xoxo

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  7. This really resonated with me. Thank you!

  8. Each of us have our moments during which we are less than perfect. I enjoyed your post. I anticipate reading more. Hugs, Barbara

  9. Very nice. I like the idea of aiming for betterment!

  10. I needed this.. so bad. Thank you for this. ????

  11. Love this idea!! I don’t think we’ll ever make perfect anyways :).

  12. Good one! Nothing sucks the joy out of life like perfectionism.

  13. “More perfect, but not myself.” Beautifully stated!

  14. Yes perfection is boring.

  15. Perfection comes from practice,so better practice rather than focusing on perfection
    Life Memoirs always speaks that

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