The other day, I came up with the following phrase: “I may not have the perfect life, but I am perfectly happy.” Another version of the same idea: “I may not be perfect, but I am perfectly happy.” This latter perspective can be particularly useful in promoting self-esteem. If you enjoy a good life that is generally pain-free (physically and/or emotionally), consider being perfectly happy even if there are areas in your life you would like to change.
The notion of perfection is entirely subjective and means something different for each person. After thinking further about the sayings above, I frankly feel that the word ‘perfect’ and the idea of imperfection are not ideal for promoting empowerment (although they lend themselves to having a catchy phrase). Instead, I prefer to replace the concept of imperfection with growth and improvement instead. For me personally, the reality of the statements above would more accurately be rephrased as: “I may have areas for growth in my life, but I am perfectly happy.”