Sometimes it seems to me that our conditioning is such that we look to our gurus, teachers and ourselves for perfection but the truth is much more that real beauty, compassion and love are more found in a connection with our humanity which is far from perfect.
I have included an excerpt here from an article by Maria Popova.
Storytelling and the Search for Meaning. “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” The poet John Keats once described the ideal state of the psyche as negative capability — the ability “of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” “The truth of life is its mystery,”echoed Joyce Carol Oates. This comfort with mystery and the unknown, indeed, is at the heart not only of poetic existence but also of the most rational of human intellectual endeavors, as many of history’s greatest scientific minds have attested. And yet, caught between the opinion culture we live in and our deathly fear of being wrong, we long desperately for absolutism, certitude, and perfect truth.
For the complete article written by Maria Popova http://charterforcompassion.org/node/4347