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What constitutes "Perfection"?


Monday, October 28, 2013

We talk all the time about not being perfect, about how perfection can't be our goal. But what does "perfection" mean?

I have defined "perfection" to mean eating to my food plan for one day. That's all. I can accomplish nothing else that day and still have a perfect day. Even if I make no inroads on my "to do" list, I can have a perfect day. I used to have high expectations that a Perfect Day meant I was Mary Poppins: Simply Perfect In Every Way. Alas, not going to happen. The one constant in every day is eating, so I have a Plan, I check it off. The rest of my life can blow up around me and land at my feet in shards, but if I eat to my Plan, I have had a Perfect Day.

My food plan allows for occasional emergency substitutions. I can't cook if I am , say, sitting in the hospital with someone, but I really know what I can have to get me through, even though it feels like I should compensate for the fear and pain of watching someone in the hospital and SHOULD be able to have that apple cobbler, but it's not on The List so I don't. I have the fish. And it's still a perfect day, even though the bed is still unmade and I am not wearing makeup. Or even shoes. If I eat within my Plan, it is Perfect.

The more tightly I define "Perfect" the better the chance that I can have it.
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SKATER787 11/26/2013 7:06PM

    We're all perfect at any given moment, we just don't know it.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/31/2013 1:24AM

    I was away from home when you posted this but I have been thinking about Perfect. I am finding it hard to focus in but I do understand that success at Perfect is gain in very small increments.

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CELIAMINER 10/30/2013 3:00PM

    I'll remember your definition of perfection the next time I create an impossible to-do list.
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PINKNFITCARLA 10/28/2013 11:12PM

    Great blog Nell!! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 10/28/2013 7:01PM

    Wonderful way to look at it!

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FISHINGLADY66 10/28/2013 4:57PM

    I love your thoughts and accomplishments. Nell, you motivate me to stay on track. Thank you. Great Blog. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/28/2013 4:43PM

    emoticon sorry if you are at the hospital sittiong at someones bed and if you are i hope it is nothing to serious.setting our own standards with in the relms of our own reality and limitations is as good as any to go as a measure of who we are and of our own success.i am proud of you for finding your own personal defination emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEANNE229 10/28/2013 2:32PM

    That is a perfect formula for perfection!

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/28/2013 2:17PM

    That makes sense to me. I just wish I had more of your discipline.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/28/2013 12:34PM

    What a liberating definition! Thank you for sharing.

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GABY1948 10/28/2013 10:31AM

    emoticon Perfection is different things to all of us, I am sure...but I can say my image of perfection is pretty simple too. Have a great day!

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ZEEDRA 10/28/2013 10:25AM

    Nell: Thanks. My goodness, we sure do complicate things, don't we?! Your simple definition (far from simple when we throw it into a pot of confusion, guilt, excuses, etc.) is perfect!
Way to go!!!

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MAESTRAPLANK12 10/28/2013 10:25AM

    I have always said .... "Perfection is boring". I think we can do our best to reach our goals and live a full healthy life but there was only one example of perfection I recognize....Jesus Christ....and He inspires me to reach out to others in our imperfect world. Blessings to you today and always! emoticon

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