“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.”
This is what Katsumoto says to Nathan Algren in a scene of “The Last Samurai”.
The quest for perfection.
This scene came up for me yesterday in a conversation with my friend and mentor, Sujith. We were reflecting on how many things that happened in our lives in the last weeks were perfectly timed. As if they were part of an invisible but perfectly crafted plan.
That image came to my mind when I realise that the quest for perfection is not an outward hunt. It is, instead, a practice through which we learn to see the perfection in everything.
When we become aware that everything is perfect, then everything becomes an opportunity. We unleash infinite creativity and abundance.
Perfection then, it’s not a characteristic of something but rather an inner state. An elusive and fleeting one, indeed.
That’s why the quest for perfection is a lifelong practice. But, as Katsumoto says, a worthy one.
At the end of the movie, when Katsumoto is dying, he looks a the cherry blossom floating around him, finally able to find that perfection.
“Perfect. They… are all… perfect…”