I admit it. I’m one of those people who wants everything perfect. But perfectionism robs my creativity. Yesterday I was talking with my mother-in-law, who, once again shared a nugget of wisdom.
“You, daughter dear, are right where you’re supposed to be.”
I took a voluminous breath and exhaled. “I just want this to be perfect.”
Her tender, steady voice reverberated over the phone. “We aren’t perfect. There’s a difference between perfectionism and excellence. Strive for excellence.”
After the call ended, I sat in my car and hung on her every word.
This morning, I think about how my perfectionism interferes with what I’m called to do. So today, I throw off all that hinders and start anew. Striving for imperfect excellence.
“One message I fervently want to impress upon you, it’s that you— everything you are, all your feelings, hopes and dreads, fears and fantasies—you are enough.” Dennis Palumbo