Friday, April 20, 2012
Perfection and disappointment
One reason that we sometimes feel depressed or disappointed with our lives is because we have high expectations. It hasn't always been like that. For thousands of years religions have promised perfection in the afterlife while warning not to get your hopes up too high for this life on earth. But for the past few centuries life has been improving rapidly across the globe. It has tempted us to think that we might attain paradise on earth. If fact, many are so disappointed with the imperfections of life that they give up. Some turn to drugs. Some simply become depressed. Some seek a life of pleasure but then find it unfulfilling.
The problem is overly high ambitions. Even an expectation of perfection. And that attitude guarantees disappointment.
The better attitude is to believe that there is always room for improvement, no matter how good or bad your situation is. Parallel to that is the attitude that we should always be involved in the business of improvement. Improvement isn't an inconvenient distraction from life. It is the essence of life.
These are highly benefical attitudes. And fortunately, no matter what our circumstances, we are always free to choose our attitudes.
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Continuous improvement, perfection