We are all well aware of the standards of perfection that are impressed upon us on a daily basis. How we measure up, quite literally and figuratively from our newborn days til the last of our lives somehow become an unnecessary definition of who we are. These concepts have lead to increased incidents of bullying in our schools, lowered self esteem and higher rates of depression and anxiety. In short, we are so worried about being perfect that we are letting it control our lives. But what is perfect?
I had the opportunity to examine this exact question from a unique and unexpected angle after visiting the Ohio National poultry show in November. No, it wasn't the striking plumage of some rare breed or the shining display of trophies that put my mind in action. It was a chance meeting there with a wonderful man who has accomplished many things. While pursuing the vendor tables and club displays, a table set up caught my eye. A book, but not just any book. A brightly colored, vividly illustrated children's book beckoned to me from a few stands away.