On Imperfection

“Imperfection also makes growth possible.
Like it or not, the main way we learn is by falling flat on our face, just as we did when we first learned to walk.
Our parents may tell us a million times not to touch that hot stove, but it’s only after we actually burn ourselves that we really understand why it’s not such a great idea.

The learning opportunities provided by failure can actually help us to achieve our dreams.
In the words of restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, “I learned more from the one restaurant that didn’t work than from all the ones that were successes.”

Yes, failure is frustrating. But it’s also temporary and eventually yields wisdom.
We can think of failure as part of life’s apprenticeship.

If we were perfect and had all the answers, we’d never get to ask questions, and we wouldn’t be able to discover anything new.”

~ Kristen Neff from Self-Compassion
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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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