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FINDING PERFECTION IN IMPERFECTION

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 5, 2020

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Beware of the perfect potato chip, peanut, or person.

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I do not know what kind of potato chip you like, but I tend to avoid the national brands and enjoy the local variety. For some reason, I have a problem with a perfect potato chip. You know, it is perfectly round and pure in color without a blemish. To me, it seems rather sterile and too good to be true. It lacks imagination (and taste). Instead, I prefer a chip with a little character. Maybe it is slightly burned on the edge or the skin somehow survives the cutting process and remains on the chip. Either way, I find them tastier than the perfect chips.

The same is true with peanuts. If there is a can of nuts on the table, I’ll zero in on those peanuts that are browner than the others or perhaps still have the skin on them. Likewise, I’ll do this with a can of mixed nuts. I’m also not a fan of plain white bread, particularly those soft loaves of bread we typically feed to kids. I like something with a little more imagination, such as rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, or a nutty whole wheat. And, Yes, I love the crust and heels of such breads. As for the crust, the crunchier the better. As to the heel, it is something all fathers have to eat whether we like it or not (I think it is in our job description).

I guess what I am saying is, while most people desire purity, I tend to gravitate towards a little imperfection. In terms of food, imperfection offers a bolder taste; it takes a typically bland pure product and gives it some character, thereby perfecting the taste. In other words, imperfections can lead to perfection.

The same is true with people. Those who seem to have perfect teeth, skin, hair, smile, who always say the right thing at the right time, and seem too be good to be true, I find rather boring. Maybe such people make me cognizant of my own imperfections, but I tend to prefer people with a gap in their teeth, balding, possess an interesting accent, or have some distracting foible. To me, such people are aware of their imperfections, work to overcome them and, by doing so, are much more interesting than the perfect people. The world would be very bland and uninteresting if everyone was perfect. Again, here is where imperfection leads to perfection.

I have also found there is no such thing as human perfection. We all possess some mental or physical blemish we do not want others to know about, or perhaps an embarrassing incident in our past. You will find this in all social classes, especially the elite. We go to great lengths to hide our imperfections from others as we find them painful to reveal. Consider this though, without such imperfections there would be no need for psychoanalysis. We should spend less time worrying about our frailties, and more time trying to rise up and improve ourselves. The only solace in possessing an imperfection is knowing others have them too. This is why I find it interesting that even though we constantly seek perfection, we never truly find it and learn to overlook imperfections. Life is too short to burden ourselves with our perceived weaknesses, particularly those invisible to the naked eye. Let’s be mindful of our inequities, but move on to better things.

I am certainly not suggesting we should all become nonconformists and dress avant-garde, or go out of our way to distract others by drawing attention to ourselves. Instead, we should just understand our imperfections, do not become obsessed by them, and enjoy the company of others. I think there is a tendency for people to focus on people’s shortcomings as opposed to their strengths and assets. When we do this, we miss the delicious brown peanut.

Some time ago I came up with the Bryce’s Law, “Never trust a person who doesn’t have at least one known vice (e.g., drinking, smoking, swearing).” If they do not exhibit at least one imperfection, they are probably too good to be true and masking other imperfections. As for me, I’ll keep looking for the brown potato chip, dark peanuts, and the guy with the bald spot. They may be imperfect, but they will likely have more character and are more interesting than those who purport themselves to be perfect. They aren’t. Although we may constantly seek perfection, we should rejoice in our imperfections as it challenges us to improve ourselves.

As my father liked to say, “Don’t forget, the last guy that was perfect they hung on a cross.”

One last thing, so long as humans control the world, we will always have imperfection.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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2 Responses to “FINDING PERFECTION IN IMPERFECTION”

  1. Helena Nunn said

    Great article Tim.  Loved the last two lines of your article.  I know my imperfections but heck, can’t do much about them or haven’t done much about them. I do try to keep the faith.  Best, Helena

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  2. artsondra said

    I like this article. As a recovering perfectionist my focus was on playing the piano perfectly. It took me a long time to realize that most people will not even notice that I made a mistake IF I kept on going and showed no reaction to my mistake. What I used to do, before I learned to keep going, was to correct the mistake by stopping and playing the correct notes and then going on. So everyone heard every mistake because I “fixed“ each one. I read about a lady who played piano well enough to enjoy her own playing but she would be the first to admit that her playing was filled with mistakes. She was traveling with a group of friends and one Sunday morning they stopped at a small country church to worship. They were asked if anyone in their group could play the piano for their service. Her friends volunteered this lady and when she sat down at the piano she saw it was electronic and computerized and was programmed to play all the hymns in the hymnal. She realized that this keyboard was capable of playing every hymn without a mistake. It could play perfectly! But when she pointed this out the people all said they would rather hear her play, mistakes and all. When an imperfect person plays and does the best they can at that time, that’s what people notice. The see and hear the enjoyment of what they have NOW. Now when I play for people it’s easier (and more enjoyable) for me to just focus on sharing the beauty and the fun in the music right NOW rather than worrying about getting every note just right.

    On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 6:11 AM THE BRYCE IS RIGHT! wrote:

    > Tim Bryce posted: “BRYCE ON LIFE – Beware of the perfect potato chip, > peanut, or person. Click for AUDIO VERSION. To use this segment in a Radio > broadcast or Podcast, send TIM a request. I do not know what kind of potato > chip you like, but I tend to avoid the national b” >

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