“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen
Life is full of pressure coming at us from every angle every single day. We struggle to balance our jobs, families, community activities, finances and our households. The push for perfection and to get it all together is so strong that we start to feel overwhelmed with it all. There are times we wonder why we try so hard.
Have you ever had that “I can’t win for losing” mentality? I sure have. I struggle with the need for perfection. I want others to think I have it all together, that I am capable and independent. I have fallen into the trap of caring so much about being perfect that I have lost who I truly wanted to become.
It is easy to fall into the “perfection trap”. We are overwhelmed with unrealistic images of happy, perfect people on TV and the movies, in the media and in advertising. We see others who appear to have it all together and wonder why our lives can’t be like that. We want to make the most of every opportunity. We have a hard time learning to say no to opportunities, to others, to ourselves. The drive to succeed can just plain push us over the edge sometimes.
What we really need to do is take a step back and look at our priorities. Why are we trying so hard to be perfect? Who are we really trying to please? Are we really serving our purpose and living life to the best of our abilities by trying to be perfect? Or are we losing who we are really meant to be by trying so hard to be someone or something that is not realistic?
The most beautiful things in this world are not perfect. Think about your favorite piece of pottery or flower or even a person you admire and want to be like. What makes them so beautiful is not that they are perfect but that they are being true to themselves and who or what God made them to be.
When we are being true to who we are & using our personalities, gifts and talents to the best of our ability that is when we will find out what the real meaning of happiness is and be able to shine our lights the brightest. Today I encourage you to let go of the desire to be perfect and to just focus on being the best “you” that you can be.
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