December 14, 2010


Photo by Peter Gustafson

Hello fellow elves,

In the swirl of holiday preparations I thought it might be a good time to share with you one of my favorite quotes that I came across awhile back:

Perfection is one of the highest forms of self abuse.

Good one huh? Especially as so many of us try to beat the clock this time of year, searching for perfect gifts and trying to ready ourselves so perfectly for the festivities that lay ahead. 

Sound all too familiar?

I had another swim meet this weekend and had a very imperfect race with a terrible start and a bad flip turn. The irony was that even with the imperfections I took a second off my race time.

Just goes to show once again that we don't need to be perfect to have things turn out well.

Recently Jane Fonda was on Oprah discussing her new face lift and her life and one of things she said was that "The challenge isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be whole."

To which Oprah responded: "What if our goal in life wasn’t to be successful, but to be whole?"

Good food for thought.

I say screw perfection and have a good time!

P.S. Peter Gustofson your pine needles are perfection

Thank you.

Click on them and step inside.


  1. It is so exhausting to try to be perfect!
    It really drains the your energy system because one is in constant battle with themselves.

    It is also draining for others to be in the presence of a perfectionist as their rigidity is overwhelming....

    I feel when one is seeking perfection with themselves or in life it means that there is a huge lack of self worth and love inside of them.

    They feel if they are 'perfect' then they will be loved by is a sad reality!

    My heart goes out to all that feel this.....

    Self love is all that truly matters and like you mentioned in your post, being 'whole'.

    I say life in full and with can't go wrong:)


  2. Great post Louisa! Is it holiday time? Hmmm...all my gifts are ordered (I think), the decorations are partially up, had an amazing hour walk/run yesterday in 14 degree blustery winds, came upon a new wholistic healing center & made an appt. Life is good. I remember discussing this quote with you long ago...keep reminding us, my friend. We are all perfect in our imperfections. Peace.

  3. Speaking from personal experience,
    the only friends you make being a perfectionist will eventually turn into enemies.

  4. Thank you all for your comments. I just finished reading The Secret Life of Bees last night and discovered it has a great quote on this subject as well:

    "There is nothing perfect. There is only life."

    Sue Monk Kidd

    We ARE all perfect in our imperfections!