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Marcin Tustin

If you're willing to take the risk that you're not perfect, and that you will come out mistaken, you rather increase the chance that you will succeed sometimes, and it is the successes that people remember. So, even if you do decide to forego all of the human and social virtues, like playfulness, and become a machine intent on crushing all hu-mans, there's no need to be perfect.

MT

I'm shocked and a little apalled at myself to acknowledge it, because it's so seemingly cutesy, but I've learned a lot of social skills from my dog too. Similar lessons too. Well said. I think the lesson relates to the vulnerability that Douglas Adams gave to the Ravenous Bugbladder Beast of Trall (or whatever it was)--if you put a towel over your head, the beast assumes it too is blind. Same deal with trust. If you display trust, the person or creature to whom you display trust will trust you back. Except in prison, schoolyards and other predatory environments.

Dan

I love this entry... if they can't accept you warts and all, then do you really want to be accepted by them? If the answer is yes, then you should really re-think who it is you want to be accepted by, and why.

I wholeheartedly agree that perfection is overrated, and that to try and fail is far better to than to never try-which guarantees failure from the outset.

Then again, I'm a dog person, so my opinion may be biased. Yours sounds like a gem.

Dan

chipmunk

If you're only looking for a graying old guy that farts a lot, you shouldn't have too much trouble. We can be much more accepting of the faults of our dogs than the faults of our partners.

will

"If you're only looking for a graying old guy that farts a lot, you shouldn't have too much trouble. We can be much more accepting of the faults of our dogs than the faults of our partners."

that made me laugh. How true, how true!

erika

hey. thanks for your blog, it made me laugh. i know we don't know eacother, and i'm not trying to be stalkerish...but i looked up being perfect on google and this came up. anyway, good blog, thanks for the insight.

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If you're only looking for a graying old guy that farts

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It's great to hear from you and see what you've been up to. In your blog I feel your enthusiasm for life. thank you.

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Wow. I needed that, thank you.

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