#WW: 😪”Perfection is like death”: Is it bad to be average?

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Published on Nov 2, 2022

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In a society where 98/100 is often seen as not good enough, what do we do? We can chase that perfection which online influencers (linkedin/ instagram etc) showcase to us. Or we can perhaps be chasing what matters to us. So, is being average okay? Here are 2 stories to tweak your perspective

1. Is it bad to be average? Especially if we don’t chase wealth?

2. Perfection is like death. There’s no room for something to come in.

Is it bad to be average? Especially if we don’t chase wealth?

Cr: The Woke Salary man

What’s going on here & why do we like it?

The woke salaryman, a financial blog that shares awesome finance tips, shares a reflection on being average. We are often sold the IG dream of early retirement and get rich quick stories. These can make us feel small or feel determined to chase them. We like this sharing because it is pretty Dhammic in nature. It talks about downsizing the things we want and recognising the limitations of wealth. This echoes our podcast on Buddhism & wealth too!

“You might want to care less about what average is and focus more on what makes you happy. Comparing can be an endless pit of despair”

Wise Steps

Where are you now on your path towards ‘perfection’? Are you deep in it or not at all? Seek the answer within and decide where contentment could be in your life.

Check out the post below!

Perfection is like death. There’s no room for something to come in.

Cr: Unsplash

What’s going on here & why do we like it?

Pema Chodron, a renowned Tibet Buddhist Nun, shares on her approach towards perfection and why it is more like death than life. She beautifully uses nature to describe our chase towards the perfection of things around us. We like it because she blends her sharing with a balance of nature and Dhamma. Her sharing probes deep into our chase for perfection and how we often set ourselves up for failure.

“We are killing the moment by controlling our experience. Doing this is setting ourselves up for failure, because sooner or later, we’re going to have an experience we can’t control: our house is going to burn down, someone we love is going to die, we’re going to find out we have cancer, or somebody’s going to spill tomato juice all over our white suit.”

Wise Steps

Take a pause to see what you are currently pursuing right now. Does it give room for failure? Does it give room for change? If the answer is no, we then need to reflect if we are mentally ready when things don’t go our way.

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Maybe we don’t need to flatten out all the rough spots and imperfections for a smooth ride in life.

Read it here


Author: Handful of Leaves

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