Because Being Human is Part of the Problem
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat, right?”
I truly believe that we were sent to this earth with the same goals (destination, if you will) in life but VERY different roads to travel by. Each of us, with our different personalities and strengths, were sent to this earth to be tested so that we could eventually (er…hopefully) grow into the beings we have the potential to become. Our goal of becoming like Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Parents would then, yes, be a goal of perfection but each of us has very different approaches to that very same goal.
“As someone who struggles with the whole ‘perfection’ thing (personally) I think that the beauty of an individual’s faith (and through the atonement of Christ) each of our differences makes us who we are.”
I am very hard on myself…I always have been. I am very much a perfectionist about certain areas of my life…and it is a struggle for me. The words “If I can’t do it right (perfect) than I’m not going to do it at all” crosses my mind often. I prevent myself from whatever learning God had intended for me because I didn’t even want to try the task…or I didn’t learn the lesson because I was too wrapped up in doing it PERFECTLY. If I had more faith in the plan for my life, perhaps I would rely more on Heavenly Father to help me see things in a different light.
“Every day, I take my little Franklin Planner and plan out my day the best that I can. Some days I get everything done...most days I don't. But every day I have a PLAN...A FOCUS, if you will. HF has a plan for all of us. He has set the example and given us tools to follow through with that plan knowing full well that we will not be perfect and that we will each have our own way of doing things.”
I think we were all created in such a way that we would compliment each other’s differences so that we might work together to achieve our GOAL of perfection. Heavenly Father designed The Plan so that we could have that all important FOCUS in our life and know what we need to do. He knows how human we all are. He knows that we will fail. He knows that we will not be perfect in this life…but that we should be working diligently to try and become so. I believe that the journey to perfection is much of the point of our life’s plan and that the Atonement is key to that journey.
I still keep my good ol’ Franklin Planner and I still plan each of my days in hopes that I really will complete everything on that task list knowing full well that I won’t always be able to. But at the end of each day, I look at what I accomplished and reflect on what I’ve been able to do. I also realize that I can only do what I can do…and the tasks that weren’t completed move to the next day. The GOAL is still there…I just have to keep working at it and not give up.
“Striving for perfection is not the same thing as BEING perfect.”