11/14/06

If You Don't Be You, Who Will Be?

I saw a cartoon once. It was “Frank & Ernest”. Beats me what the picture was, but the caption said, “A place for everything and everything all over the place.” Comes pretty close to describing the perfectionist, huh? Yes, it does. We take utmost care to put away, file and tuck into our closets, desk drawers and corners the important to us. The rest? That stays scattered on every available open space we can find, is perfectly unorganized, but it‘s safe in our minds because we believe we’ll get to it someday.
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it”
Does that sound to you like something we might all consider insanity? Damn tootin’ it does to me. We are allowed to have scatterheads. We were made in the likeness of our Creator; listen to that word, “likeness”. It doesn’t mean we are God; it means we have been given the gift of being like our Creator and we are blessed with the capacity to grow, to learn, to achieve. My personal thought is that God (by whichever name you choose) is within us. I also think each of us is within God. “As above, so below” Rick at Shards of Consciousness reminded me of that when I quoted WuLi “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. The point? Don't chide yourself for taking the room and the time to be what you were made to be.

4 comments:

Rick Cockrum said...

I love this title, Carolyn. Can I put it in my quotes?

Carolyn Manning said...

Rick,

Whatever I write, take what you see fit.

There are quarrels aplenty without us fighting over who said what. I put my thoughts and words out to the world; I'm flattered you consider any of them worth repeating.

Thank you,
Carolyn

Rick Cockrum said...

Thank you, Carolyn. It's always good to ask. Look for them at the top of my page. :-)

Carolyn Manning said...

Rick,

I've always loved those quotes on the top of your page.

Carolyn