TUESDAY THOUGHT 5/10/16: HUBRIS

May 10, 2016 on 10:56 am | By | In Faith & Forgiveness | Comments Off on TUESDAY THOUGHT 5/10/16: HUBRIS
 

THE GOAL OF PERFECTION

Perfection!  Back when I was a hard-driving businessman, I accepted nothing less from myself (and often from others).  Three things resulted:  First, I was successful, very successful.  Second, I was relentlessly, ferociously miserable in my quest for this myth of perfection.  Third, I made others, those around me, miserable, too.  You see, perfection is an impossible quest, a fool’s quest.

These days?  Oh, I still try to do things right, but I recognize that there is no such thing as perfection.  Thinking I, or anyone, can achieve it is pure hubris.  (Now, there’s a word I love.)  The goal of perfection, pretty much by definition, leads, ultimately, to failure.

My point:  We should accept ourselves as we are.  Sure, work hard to achieve goals (write the best books we can write, work to lose those stubborn 20 pounds of extra weight, do our jobs to the best of our ability, keep that lawn looking good, etc.), but we should not let ourselves be driven by our goals.  In this world, there is only one who is perfect.  That is our Lord.  So, we should give thanks and try to accept ourselves just as we are … beautifully imperfect.  — jri

 

Because you are human, you will continue to make

mistakes.  Thinking that you should live an error-free

life is symptomatic of pride.  Your failures can be a

source of blessing, humbling you and giving you

empathy for other people in their weaknesses.”

          — Sarah Young

            Jesus Calling (May 9)

 

The other day, I was expecting to win a writing award.  (That’s right, “expecting”; talk about hubris.)  I did not win; not even an honorable mention.  So, I pouted for a day … and then had to laugh.  I reminded myself that my purpose in writing books is to write the best books I can and to help others better understand the human condition; maybe I’d do better is I wrote about zombies and vampires, but I do not see the sense of that.  So, my name will probably not replace Stephen King on the New York Times Best Seller list.  Oh, well.  I like what I’m doing, and my wife likes what I am doing, and a number of others like what I am doing.  And that’s good enough.  In that respect, my life is purfect (and, yes, I did that on purpose).  Thank you, Lord.

 

John Ingrisano

DailyConnections May 10, 2016

 

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Captain Jolly’s Do Over

By JR Ingrisano

 

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