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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 09.25.2013 | Gay 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...

Your Chickens

Waldo Mellon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

I have exciting news for you which hopefully will keep you connected with this friend of yours forever. If you drink coffee, or if you might be a casual smoker of pot, please have some now so you can focus on my somewhat long-winded answer to your wonderful question.

Consistency From Hypocrisy

Troy Roness | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Troy Roness

Although many individuals and organizations across the spectrum step forward in speaking out about their fight to improve self-acceptance, tons of mixed signals from those same outlets often scream insecurity.

Embrace Imperfections -- They Keep Life From Being Like a Bad Disney Movie

Will Shanklin | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Will Shanklin

One way to let go of resistance is to allow yourself to have imperfections. This means that, while you're dreaming your dreams, you welcome the parts of your life that aren't there yet.

This Holiday, Give Yourself
the Gift of Imperfection

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Maria Rodale

I've always been a bit annoyed by Martha Stewart. Not as a person or anything, but at the illusion of perfection she creates in her magazine and in he...

Kick A! Ditch Your Type-A Personality for a Life You Might Actually Enjoy

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.23.2011 | Comedy
Sarah O'Leary

It's not always easy to turn a blind eye to others over achievements. Let's take, for example, the dreaded Christmas letter.

The Retouching Debate

Hellin Kay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Hellin Kay

Imperfection is fine, as is the desire to always be beautiful. It's how we define both and who gets to define either that makes the argument over retouching interesting and never-ending.

Spirit of Perfection: Week 10 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

The question of whether or not I am a perfectionist was an absolute no-brainer to answer. The answer is 'no' and I have Barbra Streisand to thank for that.

Self-Acceptance Manifesto

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

1. We confuse perfection with imperfection But there is no difference Unless, of course, you compare what is with what isn't. 2. If I could be right t...