Sunday, March 1, 2009

Life...


How do you know this photo is real? With the 1600 ISOs (as above) let alone manipulation possible with the digital age, it's not always easy to tell...
The way you you know that this photo is real...
It's the imperfection...the variations on the underside of the leaf...
Life is like the leaf. Even if you feel it is perfect, this is always temporary cos sooner or later reality kicks in and you realise literal 'perfection' cannot be sustained over time. The only way to really be able to be Happy is to not make yourself slave to inflexible expectations and Nazi- like Perfectionism(believe me, I'm a reformed Perfectionist).
Happiness is about maintaining an equilibrium: we constantly need to adjust and adapt to maintain the scales.
I was talking engagement rings with my friend the other day...Diamonds come in different grades- it is actually possible to get diamonds that under the microscope are categorised as "Flawless". I remember having one offered to me. I turned it down...cos to me, instinctively it represented something unrealistic and unattainable by a human. Humans always come with flaws...
That's one random tangent for the day...the other has arisen out of real time to myself to reflect on my life to date... it's my new list of personal laws:
1. Exercise Tolerance especially with those things that especially irk me (in your face extroverts and girrrrls being the main two LOL I'm not going to bother trying too hard anymore to understand either...maybe next incarnation?)
2. Set and keep Boundaries.
3. Purge the Past.
4. Look after ME....first!

2 comments:

Asianmommy said...

I'm with you--perfection is unattainable. Good enough is good enough!

Healingstones said...

Interesting synchronicity - I picked up a very large oak leaf yesterday (about three times larger than the oak leaves we have in UK) and as I was looking at it I noticed a blemish. I had the exact same thought as you - the oak leaf was beautiful blemish and all. Life is not perfect and it is the imperfections that make it 'real'. Great post!