A Terminal Curable Disease


I’ve been brewing an essay on the illness that is perfectionism for a long time now. It’s not quite cooked yet.

But this morning, after a terrible loss in our community, the thought came out  like this:

Be a beautiful wreck. Be a cracked vessel. Be a magnificent mess, or just an ordinary one. Ask for help. You can be weak, wrong, sorry. You can begin again. Perfectionism is a terminal but curable disease. Fight back by surrendering.

My friend Erik Contzius of Make Tech Better was inspired to create the image above out of it. Thanks, Erik!

(Coming soon on Perfect Whole: more about editing a manuscript than you ever wanted to know.)

About Julie Goldberg

Julie Goldberg has lived a life entirely too entangled with books. She is a school librarian, former English teacher, compulsive reader, occasional jazz singer and the author of Lily in the Light of Halfmoon. You can email her at perfectwhole@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @juliegoldberg.
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8 Responses to A Terminal Curable Disease

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Good advice for dealing with life, in general — not just perfectionism. Thanks for the reminder. Sorry you’ve had a tragedy in your community.

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  3. Elaine Murphy says:

    Excellent! Thank you for the very important reminder.

  4. That is beautiful. People try too hard to be perfect. And the imperfections are so very interesting . .

  5. Reblogged this on 135journals and commented:
    My friend Julie learned that an accomplished and talented student from her high school committed suicide at the University of Pennsylvania last weekend. I want to write more about this subject, but in the meantime, I love what she wrote, and what a talented friend made of her words. From her excellent blog, Perfect Whole.

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