When you can be happy instead..


I tremble, I fumble,
I stumble, I quiver,
At times. . .

At other times,
I smile, I weep,
I walk, I chase,
I achieve, I fail..

Only to say,
I’m not perfect,
But this imperfection,
Keeps me going,
To be better each day,
To make people,
Around me happy…

I don’t understand,
Why crave for perfection ?
When you can be happy instead ?

– Himali Shah


Often we are in the never ending quest of perfection. Perfection in everything we do, perfection in ourselves and we expect perfection from others as well ! Absolute perfection is a myth. We can be good at something, excel in a particular interest and then again, there would be something that wouldnโ€™t be our cup of tea.

Instead of being unhappy about our flaws, let us embrace our imperfections and strive to be better each day.

119 thoughts on “When you can be happy instead..

  1. Wonderful verse. I think perfection can be seen in the eye of the beholder. A mother looking at her child maybe. A scented dew hung rose on a summer morning. Looking into the eyes of someone dear to you. But as you quite rightly say … seek perfection and you won’t find it.
    All the very best.

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  2. Again…wise and true my friend…there is perfection in Nature…she does it perfectly in natural rhythm…if only we could always tap into this wondrous source! A very beautiful poem, thank you my friend ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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    • Thank you Krys ๐Ÿ˜‡ Nature is indeed the most perfect inspiration to us. I love watching Yeh sun rise, it fills me with so much hope and positivity.

      Sending you love and prayers ๐Ÿ’•โค
      Wish you a lovely day ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป


  3. I think (as other people have inferred) that chasing perfection is not necessarily bad, and can lead to happiness. However, it is important to understand that perfection is subjective and will always be elusive. It is important to understand that chasing perfection does not make us perfect, but it is also important to understand that without energy being directed into chasing perfection (=improving things) would there be any progress? A perfect world could be described as one where everybody’s basic needs are being met, and where everybody is living in harmony with each other. Should we not crave that perfection? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Your first two lines reminded me of my Google+ share that i wrote few months back that goes like this…i rolled ….i sat…i crawled…i stumbled….i stood…i fall…until one day i learned how to walk ๐Ÿ™‚

    Between for imperfection i just loved this simple phrase …Imperfect says I-M-Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚
    Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you so much !!! This image won my heart the first time I saw it ๐Ÿ™‚ a wonderful and powerful combination it symbolises..

      Welcome to Decoding Happiness ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Wow. Wonderfully written Himali. The quote is wonderful. And the image, so beautiful… Meaningful. We are not here for perfection, we are here to be complete. Even the moon is not perfect. Moon tries to become complete first. ( no moon to full moon). Then once it’s complete( full moon), it tries to be perfect( without scars), and in that attempt it again shrinks towards incompleteness.
    So being happy is enough to be complete for humans. Coz smile is half moon ๐Ÿ˜‰
    (I got this idea from the image).

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  6. I agree with you and with Steinbeck. Let’s just be good, and happy. I spent my earliest years chasing perfection — one can never achieve it and who is to say my concept of it is the right one anyway? Now I just want to be good, healthy and happy. That’s achievable. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • That’s a great thought Beth.. Let’s me Good, healthy and happy. Life is good ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yeah at times I also fuss about for perfection, but then I have learnt to embrace being good instead !

      Welcome to DecodingHappiness Beth ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. I couldn’t agree with you more Himali. Perfection is a total complete myth. When we expect perfection, whether of ourselves or of others, we will always be let down. Could be that a lot of depression happens because of this type of mindset. When things aren’t perfect (and they never are) then it’s such a let down.
    I love the Christmas carol, “The Little Drummer Boy”. It has made me cry in the past. Do you know it? I love how the little drummer boy goes to see this ‘new born king’, and says he has ‘no gift to bring’, but then he offers to play his little drum for him. And when he does, he does it with all of his might and with all of his heart. And when he finished, and the little baby king (Jesus) looks at him, he smiles at him. I love that. It speaks loads to me. Because I’m a Christian, I see this as God saying that he knows we’re not perfect and never will be. He doesn’t expect perfection. That baby King smiled at him because he gave him the gift of devotion. He wanted to give him what he had. The best he had. And he did it with all of his heart. And in humility. Soooooooo beautiful. Of course the little drummer boy wasn’t the greatest drummer in the world, but he played his best with what he had, and did so in humility and love and a desire to offer this as a gift to the king.
    Now that I’ve practically written a book on the topic (can you tell how much I agree with the whole not-being-perfect thing? Hehehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ ), let me just leave you with well-wishes for a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead.
    Love and blessings to you sweetie.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    • Awwwww… I listened to this story for the first time Stace. I am so thankful to you for sharing with me. Yes, perfection isn’t important. What matters is giving 100% of your heart and soul to anything you do and that’s how we can be happy. Expectations actually boggles us down with flaws of ourselves and the other person instead of being happy for all the good things and blessings in life. I too have studied in a Convent school and I know the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, how mother Marry gave birth to him in a small manger. When even God himself doesn’t demand perfection, who are we to ask for ?
      What really matters is giving your best and learning from our mistakes. That’s the way we improve upon and become better loving individuals.

      Wish you a lovely weekend Stace. Lots of love to you โค ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’—

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      • Hahaha. No, I haven’t written a book. At least not yet. I really want to write one that involves mixed media art, photography and poetry. I want to make it an art and devotion book.
        I was actually joking and saying that my long comment on your blog was turning into a book. Hahaha.
        Have a great weekend HImali. By the way, I’ve started another mixed media piece and already have a light, little poem to go with it. Hopefully I’ll post it by the end of the day. We’ll see.
        Love and hugs sweetie.
        Oh, and you’re the amazing one.
        ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  8. Imperfection must have been intentionally installed into us by Mother Nature. Why else would be strive to do anything else at all? A goal to reach is always more pleasure than having reached the goal.
    Great thought!

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  9. Your post reminded me of this quote:

    โ€œPerfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.โ€ โ€” Ann Wilson Schaff

    I could not agree more with what you said, We all gotta learn to be happy rather than delve over our flaws. Maybe at the end of the day our flaws is what makes us who we are ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wonderfully thought-provoking post ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Himali

    Awesome post

    I have started loving your post its good to inspire.

    Can you suggest something
    How we can introduce knowledge into action.




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