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Imperfection

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Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Ironically, it was in seeing themselves "perfectly" that these women embraced their imperfections as an essential part of their identity.

How to Be Human in New York

Teresa Lee | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Teresa Lee

It's almost a survival tactic to not be so human in New York because you simply can't be. You avert your eyes from stranger all the times because you can't afford to know their story -- good or bad -- because your life alone seems difficult enough without other people's problems.

Who Pushes Your Buttons?

Judith Johnson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Next time someone pushes your button, look inward instead of outward for the key to restoring your inner peace. Even if you can't stop yourself from reacting in the moment, take the time after the fact to explore your inner territory.

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently Everyday and How to Begin Now!

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When the comfortable emotions are present we also hold those lightly as we know that are not permanent either, but have this same nature of coming and going. With this experience, people who practice mindfulness can be grateful for the good moments and graceful during the more difficult ones.

Owning Imperfection

Joanne Heyman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Joanne Heyman

Our allergy to risking and potentially failing, all the while worshiping at the altar of perfection, may actually be hindering our health, happiness and achievement.

A Moment with Mom

Susan Pace | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Susan Pace

My mom died in 2010 at 82. While many moms are honored for their selfless pursuit of perfection, I choose to think of all the ways my mom proved that her foibles were what I loved the most.

12 Confessions to Dispel the Myth of the Perfect Mother

Katie Morford | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Katie Morford

Perfection is impossible. And if you ask me, perfection is boring, inauthentic and exhausting. It oppresses and confines and has the potential for making others feel inadequate.

Why 'Good Enough' Is More Important Than Being Perfect

Theodore Li | Posted 05.21.2015 | Teen
Theodore Li

We seek what we can't have without remembering that we don't actually need to be perfect. Imperfection allows us to be human.

2014: A Year to Celebrate Imperfection

Nicole Glassman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Glassman

What are we achieving when we constantly strive for perfection? In some ways we actually create a loss of freedom; we have less time and make more excuses for why we are unable to reach certain goals or enjoy life at all. This is a one-way ticket to avoidance.

If At First You Don't Succeed, Come Sit Next To Me

Bethany Thies | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Bethany Thies

I love that most resolutions drift off, die and are not achieved. I love that, despite this, we show up... every day. We try. We resolve to try. There's nothing more hopeful than the attempt.

14 You-Boosting Questions for a Soul-Filling 2014

An Bourmanne | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
An Bourmanne

What books, quotes, people, blogs will help you when you fail or when you find yourself being judged by others? Create your very own pool of wisdom that you can dip into whenever things don't go as expected or hoped for.

Celebrating Imperfection

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

Our communal expectations, created by society and pounded into our psyches by seasonal advertising, are that when we celebrate our holidays -- Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas (for non-Jews) and even secular New Year's -- we should have a perfect holiday.

When Gratitude Doesn't Work

An Bourmanne | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
An Bourmanne

We wanna be grateful because we read everywhere that being grateful is what it takes to be happy.

What Facebook Doesn't Tell Us

An Bourmanne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
An Bourmanne

Sometimes we wanna do something we really wanna do. Something we really believe in. Something we really care about.

The Price We Pay When We Want to Be Liked by Everyone

An Bourmanne | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living
An Bourmanne

Living their dream and abandoning yours is exhausting, unfulfilling and such a pity. You are so much more than you give yourself credit for. There's no need to hide what makes you YOU. We need your one-of-a-kind brilliance.

The Perfect Family? It Doesn't Exist

OWN | Posted 10.01.2013 | OWN

If you wish your family looked like the Huxtables, the Bradys, or any other "perfect" home on television, Bishop T.D. Jakes says you're missing the po...

The Crack Is What Lets in the Light

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

There are parts of you that strive and fall short; there are parts of you that feel broken. Those are the parts that let in the light. Don't run from your imperfections.

Learn to See, Accept Your Perfectly Imperfect Child

Nicole Dash | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Nicole Dash

As parents, it is so easy to overlook the flaws because our hearts are so abundant with love. I think this is like putting on an amazing pair of "beer goggles" that can last for years.

Getting Past Perfection

Charlie Maffei | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlie Maffei

Too many times in my matchmaking business I meet people who are not only striving for perfection in themselves but looking for perfection in their soul mate. I have news for everyone: No one is perfect. What would happen if we started letting the little things that bother us go?

'If I Am Here, All Is Here': A Rabbinic Ordination Address

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Bring your entire being to the service of God and your fellow creatures. Leave no part of yourself outside. Leave no piece of yourself invisible. Be passionate in the service you offer as rabbis.

The Facebook Status Everyone Should Read

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

We forget. We forget that there is something greater that dwells amidst the accolades, the trips and the fancy meals -- the every day of life. This understanding has become lost as social networking sites become our primary source of communication. We deliberately try to set ourselves apart, to be seen, to be happier than the update before us.

Love Lessons: How to Form a Less-Perfect Union, the Kind That Lasts

Tamar Chansky | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

The perfect gift this Valentine's Day may just be imperfection -- deciding to not fear it, together. Vow to each other that you'll hang in differently with a fight.

The Imperfections of Perfect

Ilana Donna Arazie | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ilana Donna Arazie

When we try to be perfect, we become disconnected to people, and most importantly ourselves. I would love to see more celebrities and people, get more real. Be who you are. Live simply. Stop the obsessive planning and precautions.

Embrace Imperfection: You Are Good Enough

Tara Brach | Posted 12.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

We all get caught in wants and fears, we all act unconsciously, we all get diseased and deteriorate. If we can learn to relax about imperfection, we no longer lose our life moments in the pursuit of being different and in the fear of what is wrong.

These Things Are Better When They're NOT Perfect

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

By Amy Shearn We love an ideal moment: a lemonade-pink sunset savored from a seaside balcony... a gymnast sticking a landing. But we also love some...