“He that would have a perfect brother must resign himself to being brotherless.” ~ Italian Proverb
I’m not perfect…Nobody is. When we expect perfection of ourselves or others and find it to be lacking, the next step is to find someone to blame. Blaming other people, places or things is a waste of time as well as a spiritual drain. The ability to form creative solutions is diminished or eliminated. After all, what does blaming accomplish? We expend our energy finding fault and complaining only to discover that doing so has rendered us ‘brotherless’ and isolated in an ego created cocoon.
There exists a remarkable opportunity to embrace blame as a guidepost to better understanding our imperfections setting us free to explore our common brokenness. Looking within, we will then find how much alike we really are. Life becomes an adventure in humility where we seek counsel, wisdom and ways to become better members of an inclusive community. Though perfection can never be found, we will know real peace and happiness as we become open to new dimensions of relationships with others and with ourselves.
Robert Kenneth Jones is an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse.In a career spanning over four decades, his work helping people recover from childhood abuse and addiction has earned him the respect of his peers.His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties. We encourage you to visit and share this rich source of healing, inspiration and meditation.
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