Gene Moore & Afterthought On Being Imperfect

Why strive for perfection when being imperfect can galvanize the attention of an entire street?

I learned yesterday that Gene Moore, the deceased legendary window display artist, who was instrumental in contributing to the iconic rise of Tiffany & Company in contemporary pop culture, broke the mode of his time, once he took over the responsibilities of window design for the company. Gene, purposely, arranged pearl necklaces in a disarrayed fashion just so they could stand out from the crowd, and capture the eyes of the public.

A perfect pearl necklace was made to be imperfect by a genius to create his own version of perfection. I can’t help but wonder, what is perfection? Is perfection the direct result of one’s free creative expression of his or her authenticity and idiosyncrasy? Is perfection the inevitable outcome of one’s complete acceptance of the imperfect nature of the world, as well as the unerasable flaw of human existence?

As much as we detest the idea of we all are predestined to be imperfect; though most of us know that chances of our leading a life that is extraordinary, in the conventional sense, are very slim; however, the mere reality of the impossibility to become a perfectionist frightens us. In many cases, it is precisely this unattainable aspiration of ours to reject what is, in hopes of owning what could potentially be, that complicates our lives and blurs our horizon.

Complete acceptance of the imperfection is not a child’s play. Quite the contrary, I would say that it is more mentally, psychologically, and physically demanding than quitting unhealthy habits, such as chain-smoking or binge-drinking; a challenge that many of us will have to deal with, laboriously, throughout our life time but few succeed in eventually conquering it. For those, who end up victorious, I salute you. Your acceptance of the what is, combined with your ownership and sense of individuality are, oftentimes, proven to be the winning formula that will help cultivate and define your own brand of perfectionism in the eyes of others.