A Terminal Curable Disease

22 Jan

My friend Julie learned that an accomplished and talented student from her high school committed suicide at the University of Pennsylvania last weekend. I want to write more about this subject, but in the meantime, I love what she wrote, and what a talented friend made of her words. From her excellent blog, Perfect Whole.

Perfect Whole


I’ve been brewing an essay on the illness that is perfectionism for a long time now. It’s not quite cooked yet.

But this morning, after a terrible loss in our community, the thought came out  like this:

Be a beautiful wreck. Be a cracked vessel. Be a magnificent mess, or just an ordinary one. Ask for help. You can be weak, wrong, sorry. You can begin again. Perfectionism is a terminal but curable disease. Fight back by surrendering.

My friend Erik Contzius of Make Tech Better was inspired to create the image above out of it. Thanks, Erik!

(Coming soon on Perfect Whole: more about editing a manuscript than you ever wanted to know.)

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One Response to “A Terminal Curable Disease”

  1. Julie Goldberg January 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks, Alexandra.

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