Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The spiritual life is a lifelong process of removing the obstacles to a life of love …. without fear. A life of hope…. without dread. A life of peace …. without turmoil. And yet life is never perfect in its image. It is ever-changing, dynamic, surprising, unexpected, unpredictable, and totally beyond reason. Perfection can seem an unreal concept, an unattainable ideal in a world of uncertainty. Perhaps it is our definition, our assumptions, about perfection that are the issue. Most of us who try to lead a spiritual life recognize it can be our own quest for perfection that most frequently blocks our ability just to love and to be in peace. Why not try to deeply understand the wise de Saint-Exupery…. perfection is the taking away of things that block us from our deeper humanity, our deeper purpose, our path in life ….in other words take away everything that blocks the perfect essence of who we are.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA

2 Responses to Perfection

  1. Jepri January 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    This is really nice! I know we have tlekad about bits and pieces of your faith journey in the past, but it’s really nice reading the whole story! I always feel like I can share with you without feeling judged, and it sounds like a non-judging spiritual environment is a nice fit. I love hearing your stories. Thank you for sharing.

  2. April 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    I’m glad the style is clear to you. I assume English is not your native language?

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