Perfection By Preception
There comes a time in our lives when we as individuals must make a choice;
to remain a passive passenger on a runaway train or to escape at any/all cost.
Fate may have placed us on a train
destined for destruction,
but survival is possible if we choose to take the steps necessary to save ourselves.
We live in an imperfect world, but that doesn’t mean that you and I cannot strive for perfection. After all, our perception of perfection is the determining factor when defining what we believe to be perfect.
We are all defective in some way, but that doesn’t mean that we are irreversibly flawed. Diamonds, to my knowledge, are the only substance whose flaws are irrevocable, but even then those flaws can sometimes be perceived to be beautiful.
And like a diamond, which is formed under extreme heat and pressure,we are also being forged in the flames of adversity while being pounded on the anvil of life.
We can either choose to be beaten into submission or we can choose to embrace the battle hardened warrior hiding within us all.
There is so much more to life than what we see while gazing over the sights of the weapon we use to protect and defend ourselves from those we perceive to be enemies.
We spend so much time searching for those who wish us harm that we become too paranoid and jaded to have friends.
This is why tunnel vision is so dangerous, because the narrow confines of our perception can turn into the barrel of a gun, which can then be used to persecute anyone whose ideals are different than our own.
Eventually we’ll find that the scope we’re looking through is actually the barrel of another person’s rifle and the mind controlling the trigger finger has deemed us to be a threat to his/her own survival.
But before the bullet of prejudice pierces our brains our lives will flash before our eyes and that’s when we’ll realize that we have alienated everyone around us to the point where we have essentially become invisible.
Our passing will go unnoticed, our story will go untold and the mark we could’ve left upon the world will instead be taken with us to our graves.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!!!
We can overcome, redefine and transcend the boundaries of our perception by wrapping our minds around the concept of tolerance.
For with tolerance comes patience, with patience comes the willingness to listen, with listening comes knowledge, with knowledge comes wisdom and with wisdom comes the ability to teach others.
So even if perfection seems impossible, we can still strive to be more than we are.
We can thrive in an environment that would normally be considered detrimental, by changing how we perceive our circumstances, surroundings and ourselves.
Only then will we be truly free.