Being Perfect

“How are you?”

When a stranger asks me that question I brace myself for a sales pitch. I know they are not looking for a list of my current symptoms but an opportunity to make a personal connection. The humorous response: “Sitting up and taking nourishment,” allows for that connection, but I believe there is a better response.

Staunch Calvinists might reply to this question: “Better than I deserve.” While theologically sound, this response tends to stop conversation. Would you dare ask: “And what do you deserve?”

Through their book, The Art of Possibility, Rosamund Zander and Ben Zander have introduced me to a response that opens possibilities for the speaker as well as for the hearer: “I’m perfect.”

Claiming perfection bolsters self-confidence and affirms each person’s capacity to offer something to the world. Claiming perfection opens conversation about what makes each of us perfect. Claiming perfection energizes the speaker.

We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
— Colossians 1:28

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