Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
Nerd that I am, I was listening to my TED phone app about the mathematical concept of symmetry. There were pictures of perfectly symmetrical objects of nature and architecture, from starfish to Rubix cube, to mosaics. But, what impressed me the most was the Japanese temple with all symmetical columns and one backward one. On purpose. Because having something different, ambiguous, even "wrong," imperfect leaves room for growth. What a concept!
In life, we can't solve all problems all the time, can't make all relationships perfect or plan things out according to our image of perfection. We can come up with a process, a way of thinking, clear emotions and flexibility enough to change things based on what happens. There's room for growth.
The same thing goes for political programs and activities. What's important isn't a party line but an openness to ideas which work andweighing options carefully all along the way. Rationality includes acceptance of symmetry and lack of symmetry, the real self and the real world with its real structure and it's real messes.