October Quote: a Zen Proverb

Great Dane HARLEQUIN and a chihuahua
photo from istockphoto.com © Erik Lam

You are perfect as you are, and you could use a little work.

Zen Proverb

This proverb makes me laugh out loud! Yes, I am perfect. And yes, I could use a little work.

Aristotle’s classical philosophy could not make room for paradoxes like this one, which Buddhism accommodates so readily. Quantum physics has shown the wisdom in paradoxes, which Aristotle could never have guessed at: it is possible for something to be both here and not here, true and not true.

Yes, we are perfect. We are doing exactly what we are meant to be doing. Let’s not let that stop us from going further, doing more, doing better.

Can we honor our distinctiveness and still accept the challenge to move forward? We aren’t called to be like anyone else. We are called to be ever more of ourselves.

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