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May Not be Perfect

            " I have so many wonderful qualities, it's easy to overlook my few disgusting habits." That's one of Ashleigh Brilliant's sayings. .
             He knows that perfection is not a concept that applies to humans. We tolerate one another's faults and annoying habits because they are only a small part of the total person. .
             A friend of mine thought that he was a perfectionist. He found the tiniest flaws in everything. Then he realized he was not a perfectionist at all; he was an imperfectionist! If he was a perfectionist, he would see perfection wherever he looked. .
             The life we experience is the product of the vision we use to interpret events. At any moment we can see through the eyes of appreciation or criticism. And we will see more of whatever we are focusing on. We master the game of life by finding good wherever we look. And there is much good to be found.
             A well-rounded person naturally has more than one side and it's not always possible to be viewed from the best side of our profile. No matter how diligently we stay on our guard, someone will catch us at a bad moment. Like the time someone took a photo of me blowing out candles on my birthday cake. I don't know how you look when you blow out candles, but this is how the camera caught me (Demonstration with puffed cheeks and eyes popping - Not a pretty sight.).
             Now, I ask you, is that what I really look like? You bet it is! But only when I'm blowing out candles - for just a few seconds in a whole year. You know what that means? There are over 3 million seconds every year when I don't look like that! .
             Sometimes a bad impression is the first or even the only impression we have of someone. Years ago, a bus conductor made a bad impression on me. I never saw him again, but I'll always remember how rude and impatient he was. Maybe he was a rude impatient man - or maybe he was really a nice man under a lot of stress and having a bad day. It's so easy to make judgements based on one incident in a person's life without knowing why they are acting that way.

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