5. Embrace Imperfection

5.1. Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.


5.2. The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the willow survives by bending with the wind.

—Zen Proverb

5.3. We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.


5.4. The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

—Anna Quindlen

5.5. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.

—David Burns

5.6. Stay committed in your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.

—Tom Robbins

5.7. It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

—Joseph Addison

5.8. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.

—Forrest Gump

5.9. To demand perfection is a sure way to be disappointed in everybody.

—Monica Fairview

5.10. Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

—Leonard Cohen