Tuesday Tidbit #30: On Perfection
The idea of Perfection has changed dramatically through the years. In the early 1600's
the idea of physical feminine beauty was the 'Rubenesque' figure based on the paintings
of voluptuous women by artist Peter Paul Rubens. In the 1960's, the ideal woman might
have been considered to be a boyish, skinny model nicknamed 'Twiggy'. Today, societal
norms are anything but! While thinness is certainly still in vogue, Sports Illustrated
What does this say about our society in general? This is inarguably a huge step forward in our perception of Perfection! It is an enormous statement into our changing views of aesthetics.
I'm a huge believer in striving for Perfection in my own world. Of course, I also recognize that Perfection can be somewhat unattainable and elusive. And, yet, I never give up searching for it!
No, I'm not perfect...far from it. There are a few lines around my eyes and my smile
is a bit crooked. I can get cranky when provoked and I let my dog sleep on my bed
(although my friends in the dog world can certainly identify that as a plus!). But,
there are many things I do right and my daughter thinks I'm perfect. Let's not tell
her any differently -
Instead of Perfection, maybe what we should be striving for is acceptance -
Kindness is not. Be kind. Be accepting. When that happens, the idea of Perfection changes and society adapts.
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