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.