“I love and respect all of God’s creation. How can I say, “God, you have created billions of people and they are not perfect?” For me to say that I am not perfect or that you are not perfect is the greatest insult to God, from my point of view. If we don’t see the perfection, it’s because our attention is focused on the lie, on that image of perfection that we can never be. And how many of us give up trying to be the image of perfection, but in giving up we don’t go as warriors? We just accept that we are failures, that we will never make it, and we blame everything outside of us. “I didn’t make it because nobody helped me – because of this or that or whatever.”
There are hundreds of excuses, but now the self-judgment is even worse than before. When we are still trying to be perfect the judgment is there, but it’s not as bad as when we give up. Then we try to cover our frustration, and say, “I’m okay; this is the kind of life I want,” but we know that we have failed, and we can’t hide what we believe from ourselves. Of course, any time we try to be what we are not, we fail. It’s so difficult to be what we are not, to pretend to be what we are not.”
Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Voice of Knowledge”
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