Thursday, October 14, 2010

Perfection is for the Birds!

Although I don't think that they're capable of it either! 

I joined the Perfect Protest over on Brene Brown's blog Ordinary Courage. You should check it out.

 Perfection is something that can never be achieved.  So why do so many of us try to be perfect?  Do you know anyone that's attained perfection?  Me neither.  It's impossible.  So let's stop trying.  I know that I'm tired of failing at being perfect or doing things perfectly.  It's exhausting and demoralizing.

I berate myself for not being able to keep a perfectly clean and organized home.  I think I'm a bad mother and wife because I don't like to cook and rarely have a meal planned.  I'm overweight.  I have depression.  I don't have a lot of energy.  Blah Blah Blah.  There's more, but I won't go on.

None of those things say anything about who I am.  However, these things do say something about me:

I am a follower of Christ
I an an encourager
I am caring and compassionate
I read non-fiction
I let my hair go to it's natural gray at the age of 40
Family is incredibly important to me
I am selfless (most of the time)
I cannot tell a lie

As of this moment, I am going to concentrate on my good qualities.  I'm going to "ixnay" expecting myself to be perfect.  I will live in the moment and be gentle with myself.  I will stop comparing myself to others.

I am on a mission to let myself be me.  What I do and even how I dress will soon match the me on the inside.  I'm excited.  I'm scared.  I am determined.