Fred Mandell Author.Artist.Speaker.Creative Catalyst

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The Perfect Imperfection of Us

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The Perfect Imperfection of Us

Think of all the first things you’ve done in your life.

First steps (wobbly.) 

First kiss (too wet?  Too dry?  Too ____?) 

First (um) speech. 

First bicycle ride (whoooooooaaaa!) 

First job (I was supposed to say what?) 

First child (What time of day/night is it?)

Imperfection is perfectly suited to learning.  Learning comes from experience and our first experience with almost anything is imperfect because our experience with it hasn’t happened yet.  Imperfect does not mean bad.  It simply means incomplete.  It’s not what we do with the imperfection of our first experiences, it’s what we do after them.  We build one imperfection on top of another until we arrive at what we call wisdom which itself begins with an acknowledgement of our imperfect knowing and our incompleteness.  Imperfection is the virtuous circle of us. We will never get beyond imperfect.

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”  Salvador Dali

Dali The_Face_of_War

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”  Delacroix

Delacroix Liberty

“Art and I are like best friends, like salt and pepper, or socks.”  Anonymous elementary school student


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