“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” ~Leonardo DaVinci
To me a day well-spent is a day where every little detail is handled to perfection or as close to it as possible. Rather than starting the day under the weight and shadow of the mantra “nobody’s perfect” why not open the day with a mind and heart open to at least the possibility of perfection revealing itself at various points through the day?
Perfection is possible. It is not normally revealed for many reasons, but perhaps the greatest cause is the lack of purity of heart. A pure heart is a heart free of hatred, envy, disdain, and other such destructive attitudes. Whether you call them evil spirits, bad attitudes or low vibrational elements, they are invariably destructive when given residence in the human heart. Eschew these attitudes and the expression of perfection will be within reach.
Perfection often comes as the result of practice, but in another sense it is immediately at hand. Spend any time with a newborn baby, for instance, and you must admit that perfection is somehow a natural expression, resident in each one. Spend a few hours in an pristine natural setting and you will no doubt marvel at the perfection inherent in the natural world.
One of the greatest impediments to perfection is the foregone conclusion that perfection is not possible. The idea that “nobody’s perfect” has stopped millions of people from ever making room in their hearts and minds for the possibility of the revelation of perfection in and through themselves or by way of others.
Perfection is at hand. If you are convinced that you cannot be perfect you will likely never reveal perfection. If you do not think that perfection is possible, you will likely dismiss the evidence of perfection in expression through others as a fluke. If you delve deep enough into the belief that nobody’s perfect, you will be forced, as many have in the past, to destroy the evidence of perfection to protect your belief.
Dare to embrace perfection. Be kind to yourself and others if you come up short. Avoid self-righteousness at all costs if you hit the mark. Don’t rest on your laurels if you hit the perfect shot, say the perfect word, make the perfect move or reveal perfect timing on an isolated basis. Perfection is available to you, to me, and the world would be a different place if more people were to actually believe in the possibility of its revelation, here and now.
“Be ye therefore perfect” is not some cruel commandment, vain hope or impossible dream. Perfection is possible. Perfection is at hand.
11 thoughts on “A Well-Spent Day”
There are a number of points to think about in this post and some questions I had to ask myself.
1. what are my beliefs about perfection?
2. when I look at my life, what does it look like I believe about perfection?
I’ve learned these can be two different views.
I think what has stopped me from considering this very much is how would I begin to “embrace perfection”, where do you start? Your post gave me a place to start when you brought up a pure heart. I’ve heard that phrase for years in church but it was never qualified or explained as to how we could purify our own heart. I like the point about destructive attitudes.
It seems like destructive attitudes would be something discussed with every child but I’ve never heard a parent talk about this subject and it’s dire consequences directly. Maybe the question is for adults to ask themselves first.
What do I think about destructive attitudes?
Love your blog, it really makes me think about my life.
I’ve heard a lot of explanations for that last quote, and most of them never made sense to me, so thank you for making sense about the call to perfection! Have a great day!!
I think that a corollary to this is that perfection is a process that must be kept up. Take a house, for example. If you clean a house perfectly, will it stay that way forever? No, it must be re-cleaned on a consistent schedule to be considered a clean house for more than a short time. Perfection also changes depending on time and circumstance. What is perfect for a newborn is not perfect for a forty year old.
I have always thought that the term “nobody’s perfect” was a cop out. With “perfect” meant in that unattainable way, “perfect” really is the enemy of “good”. It is used as an excuse to do a sub-par job, never mind an exemplary one. Thanks!
I really appreciate this consideration on perfection, Gregg. One thing I have noted working with teenagers is that there is an abundance of misconceptions about perfection that consume so much of their energy and lead to unhealthy behaviors. Teenagers are under an enormous amount of pressure these days, and they feel that they need to be perfect if they’re to succeed socially, professionally, etc. In this kind of environment, self esteem issues are the order of the day. So there is a lot to draw from this post on how to better handle the perceptions and stress the notion of perfection brings.
Your take on perfection is stellar. Thanks for sharing it!
Beautiful reminder this morning of how humility and genuine righteousness open the door to perfection. Besides disbelief, preconceived notions about what perfection is supposed to look like can really spoil the moment. I’m looking forward to seeing with new eyes the perfection of today!
Thank-you for this PERFECT Starting Point for a Glorious Day. May it so be revealed to the world through me in this day, and may my heart have room enough to appreciate it’s revelation through all and as a result…..
“Behold, I make ALL things new”
Thanks again Gregg!
Beautiful! – thanks for the reminder.
Thanks Gregg! No matter what, a heart filled with any ill attitude or motivation is going to mar the perfection which we were born to express. I will remember this and make this a well-spent day!
It makes much more sense that perfection is not some ideal to conform to but in fact a unique potential that each of us can reveal. Thanks for your perspective on this!