There is an interesting culture alive and well in our society that says “you have to be perfect and live a perfect life” or else your life does not mean much.
Author Brene Brown, leading authority on aspects of life not many people think about – shame, authentic living and belonging – shows us in her guidepost document on life, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. No one can reach the state of Nirvana or perfection that advertising preaches, so you should not worry about it.
Brown, a renowned and meticulous author, tells us that we do not have to believe the bombardment of advertising from TV, radio, the Internet and Websites that tell us we must be perfect. Indeed, she says, no one can meet the goals spelled out in those ads and slogans.
Is it any wonder, Brown hints, that we feel lousy about ourselves? After all, our breath may not be “mint fresh” and our clothes may not be “spotless white and grease free.” The only place those ideas may exist are in the figments of the minds of copywriters from the world over.
Instead, Brown just urges us to be ourselves. In other words, be the best people we can be and if we cannot meet the pictures that have be laid out, that is the problem of the person who is putting the tale out there in the first place.
Like a Grimm’s classic, you see, that is all those stories are. They really do not exist. You will spend you life either totally depressed or trying to find a large cave to hide in if you cannot be as described.
That is the importance of The Gifts of Imperfection! In one volume, Brown, a well-known authority on feeling good about oneself and one’s own flaws, tells us that we do not have to worry about that. If, at the end of the day, we can say that we have done the best we can to work with others; be a loyal mother or father and loving spouse, what more can you ask?
In Brown’s view, there is nothing more that need be asked as no one but the Good Lord is perfect and there are those who sometimes wonder about that, as well. Brown asks the right questions in a penetrating, though-provoking manner, just when they need to be asked.