“We must be willing to be completely ordinary people, which means accepting ourselves as we are without trying to become greater, purer, more spiritual, more insightful. If we can accept our imperfections as they are, quite ordinarily, then we can use them as part of the path.

But if we try to get rid of our imperfections, then they will be enemies, obstacles on the road to our ‘self-improvement.'”

~Chögyam Trungpa, ‘The Myth of Freedom’ and the ‘Way of Meditation’


Someone you know or maybe work with has decided that your stubbornness gets in the way of everyone’s success. The statement by Chogyam Trungpa is important in that we are who we are and a supposed imperfection such as stubbornness, for example, may help us achieve anything faster or deeper. You can turn stubbornness into an advantage which will be a shorter journey than trying to eliminate it from your life.

You can use stubbornness to further your teachings and learning and be stubborn enough to do the work in front of you no matter how difficult it may be. Being stubborn, you will not walk away or give up. We should not wish to be a neutered individual, but to express our truth, our reality along with our alleged imperfections.

A stubborn person is determined to do what he/she wants to do even if others do not see the need for it. So what if others judge you as pertains to your stubbornness? Who said it was bad to be stubborn? Stubbornness or any other supposed imperfection can be used for good.

If we try to be less stubborn, where will that energy go? It may dissipate and you may become lethargic. Much better to be stubborn, complete the project, gain more strength and move forward with purpose to the next adventure.

Joanne Victoria


Joanne Victoria