Being Perfect #2020

Being Perfect Anna Quindlen Being Perfect A few times in your life someone will tell you something so right so deeply true that it changes you forever That is what Anna Quindlen author of the timeless bestseller A Short Guide to a Happy Li

  • Title: Being Perfect
  • Author: Anna Quindlen
  • ISBN: 9780375505492
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Being Perfect Anna Quindlen A few times in your life, someone will tell you something so right, so deeply true that it changes you forever That is what Anna Quindlen, author of the timeless bestseller A Short Guide to a Happy Life, does here.In Being Perfect, she shares wisdom that, perhaps without knowing it, you have longed to hear about the perfection trap, the price you pay when you become enA few times in your life, someone will tell you something so right, so deeply true that it changes you forever That is what Anna Quindlen, author of the timeless bestseller A Short Guide to a Happy Life, does here.In Being Perfect, she shares wisdom that, perhaps without knowing it, you have longed to hear about the perfection trap, the price you pay when you become ensnared in it, and the key to setting yourself free Quindlen believes that when your success looks good to the world but doesn t feel good in your heart, it isn t success at all She asks you to set aside your friends advice, what your family and co workers demand, and what society expects, and look at the choices you make every day When you ask yourself why you are making them, Quindlen encourages you to give this answer For me Because they are what I want, or wish for Because they reflect who and what I am That way lies dancing to the melodies spun out by your own heart At the core of this beautiful book lies the secret of authentic success, the inspiration to embrace your own uniqueness and live the life that is undeniably your own, rich in fulfillment and meaning.
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    1. This is an essay that reads like a high school or college graduation speech Actually, at first, that s what I thought it was It would make a great graduation gift or a gift for a new mom, for the following section is what struck a chord with me as a mom Sometime in the future, if you are young, you may want to be a parent You will convince yourself that you will be a better parent than your parents and their parents have been But being a good parent is not generational, it is deeply personal, an [...]

    2. I love the way the photographs in this essay build up the strength of the ideas Take for instance, the photo of women watching another woman do a perfect headstand The longer you stare at the photo, the you notice and begin to see the potential stories behind the image, full of envy, love, and resentment I bought this book at Goodwill this past summer It was strange I read the back and felt compelled to buy it I then felt compelled to bring it to work with me and it s been sitting on my podium [...]

    3. This is a beautiful little book where author Anna Quindlen once again shares her wonderful wisdom on life with us In Being Perfect, Quindlen warns us of the price we pay by becoming snared in the perfection trap She gently advises us to set ourselves free by making an effort to ensure that our success feels true and right in our hearts If it doesn t, she warns, it isn t success at all, despite appearing like success to the world looking in Quindlen believes that if we start to look at the choice [...]

    4. I reread my copy of the book How Reading Changed My Life , and then had Anna Quindlen on my brain At a recent trip to Barnes and Noble, I spotted her similarly sized book called Being Perfect As someone who has has those tendencies, but always fails in achieving them, I was captivated and made the purchase It did not disappoint It was true Quindlen lovely, inspirational, and worthy of reading with a highlighter in hand What I love about her essays is that she is never pedantic She offers inspira [...]

    5. I almost hysterically fantasize of finding a book one day from an abandoned place that will reveal me the secrets of perfection will tell me how to be a perfect daughter, perfect student, perfect sister, perfect lover, perfect dancer, get the perfect job, etc So, my disappointment on reading a book, which asks you to embrace the flaws and relax, seems legit to me I love Anna Quindlen and maybe someday, when I am old and gray, I will concede to her, but not today Today I will push for perfection [...]

    6. In this little gem of a book of an essay plus photo book , Anna Quindlen describes, from personal experience, the ways that the burden of the backpack of perfectionism leads to curvature of the spirit In brief 1 She warns that being perfect robs a person of her courage to be yourself and thereby robs a person of the courage to achieve the hard work of life in the world, to acknowledge within yourself the introvert, the clown, the artist, the homebody, the goofball, the thinker Look inside That [...]

    7. I think I need to read this one every week for a while.Something about a black hole where your sense of self should be hmmm Someday, sometime, you will be sitting somewhere A berm overlooking a pond in Vermont The lip of the Grand Canyon at sunset A seat on the subway And something bad will have happened You will have lost someone you loved, or failed at something at which you badly wanted to succeed.And sitting there, you will fall into the center of yourself You will look for some core to sust [...]

    8. This is actually an essay with pictures it s unfair to call it a book I snagged it on my library s Kindle site, because it was available, and Anna Quindlen is a big name It is a rather aged feminist message being yourself is better than matching society s expectations of perfection , one that we need to start giving kids boys and girls long before they are capable of reading prose by Anna Quindlen.

    9. I loved this little book, really an essay with photographs It full of wisdom Trying to be perfect may be inevitable for people who are smart and ambitious and interested in the world and its good opinion .What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself Some quotables Eventually being perfect became like carrying a ba [...]

    10. My Rating 2 starsBrief Summary This 48 page book half of which are photos is an essay on why we should all give up the burden of perfectionism.Brief Thoughts But Really A Rant I can t even begin to tell you how annoyed I am that this book is being sold for 12.95 17.95 in Canada And this isn t even Quindlen s first offense of this nature She did the same thing with A Short Guide to A Happy Life with the emphasis being on short There is nothing in here you can t find somewhere else for considerabl [...]

    11. This is an inspiring, easy read With less than 50 pages and about half of those with photos I actually read it all the way through the night I picked it up from the library On the back cover there is quote from the author What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself At this time of my life, this work is on my proverbial radar Becoming yourself is like breathing, we all do it every day without thinking However, once we decide t [...]

    12. First, this isn t really a book I mean it is literally a book, but it s full of photos and is like a very, very short essay or journal entry A gift book if you will That being said, it s great and may be one that I give copies of to others heads up, others hahaha Anna Quindlen is a wise woman I, however, did not choose wisely when grabbing a book to throw in for my flight to Corpus Christi That s the shortest flight ever, yes, but I finished the book before we even took off and had to buy the n [...]

    13. Classic Anna Quindlen, I loved it If you have been trying to be perfect too, then perhaps today is the day to put down that backpack before you develop permanent curvature of the spirit Trying to be perfect may be inevitable for peple who are smart and ambitious and interested in the world and its good opinion But at one level it s too hard, and at the other it s too cheap and easy nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great ever came out of imitations What is really [...]

    14. Another quick essay book with pictures I didn t like this as well as other things by her It mostly promotes non conformity and, while it certainly is a valuable message, I also feel like it doesn t address the complicated issues of how to feel successful when you DO need to be like everyone else Especially as a Christian, we adhere to a set of principles and commandments that bring happiness Sometimes we need to reach for perfection, even when it s impossible And sometimes we need to bend our w [...]

    15. If you are a perfectionist, you NEED to read this book As a Virgo, only child and daughter of a German mom and a military dad, I so enjoyed reading this book about what s really important and it s not a perfect house, perfect grades or being the best, always I only wish I had read it, and taken its messages to heart, at a much younger age.I gave it as a gift to two other perfect people and both loved it as much as I did.

    16. Another commencement address style book accompanied by great vintage photographs Great quote, Trying to be perfect may be inevitable for people who are smart and ambitious and interested in the world and its good opinion .What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself Good message.

    17. This book was a very quick read one night before bed for me It was a great reminder that perfection is ridiculous.

    18. What a cute little book, but what power The images help, but Quindlen s advice remains the meat of the book stop trying to be perfect Quindlen writes in an almost meta sense, that imitating or striving to be anything that isn t you is doing yourself an injustice, and that all you have to contribute is what makes your Self In other words, Be Yourself.It s a great, inspirational little essay I will be sure to keep on hand when I need to get out of my own head.

    19. This is a great essay on finding strength in who you are, not wasting it on what you think you re supposed to be My only complaint is with the formatting of the book I liked the black and white photos, and found them whimsical and charming, but the text often ends midsentence at the bottom of a page, and the photos really break up the flow.

    20. Truth succinctly and thoughtfully written Loved it, but found the random pictures unnecessary and distracting.

    21. Short and personalShort and personal Without much useless words, this book illustrates the need to be imperfect, as opposed to the name of the book Being Perfect.

    22. So, when my blogger friends came to town, we went to my favorite local bookstore I saw this one on the shelf and even though I didn t like the Quindlen book I Read last month, this tiny book like 40 pages seemed like a relevant and interesting topic, so I read through it while standing there It took like 5 minutes, haha It s a great little book, but not one I d need to own or anything It felt almost like a speech or talk transcribed into a book, which was fun, and there were really great old pic [...]

    23. Another antidote to being perfect Pursuing perfection makes you unforgiving to others I really like Anna Quindlen s writing style and don t always agree with everything that she says, but it makes me think This short little tome is no different A small volume of photos and creative non fiction, focused on what many people seem to spend their life pursuing After all, we grow up learning to do things the right way, getting as close to perfect on tests as we possibly can, etc Who can blame us for t [...]

    24. I love Anna Quindlen Her essay, On Being Mom, was forwarded to me by email years ago and still sits in the bottom of my inbox, the modern day equivalent of an ancient, yellowed newspaper clipping taped to the inside of the medicine cabinet one that is so faded you can hardly read it any, but which you know by heart anyway As the friend who sent it to me said, I need to read this once a month to keep my head screwed on straight But while On Being Mom is great, Being Perfect is a disappointment It [...]

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