Anna Quindlen has written a lovely little (literally) book that I read today on my afternoon break as part of the Dewey Reading Project. It’s about six inches tall and has fewer than 50 pages. The letters are big and there are lots of pictures. But Being Perfect crams about as much perfection into this small of a package as anything I’ve seen outside of Goodnight Moon.
It is a rallying cry for everyone to stop obsessing about chasing perfection. It is full of beautiful black and white photos that made me smile on every page.
I’m just going to leave you with one passage and you’ll know whether you want to read it or you’ll be rolling your eyes. Prior to this paragraph she states that one day something bad will happen to each of us. Doesn’t matter what it is, but we’ll all have a moment of loss when we’re knocked on our butts.
And sitting there, you will fall into center of yourself. You will look for some core to sustain you. And if you have been perfect all your life and have managed to meet all the expectations of your family, your friends, your community, your society, chances are excellent that there will be a black hole where that core ought to be.
I didn’t think I could become a bigger Anna Quindlen fan, but this tiny book did it.
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