Quote Roulette #4

” The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”

Anna Quindlen
 

Perfection can have a place in our work and life. But not at the expense of giving up our identity and what makes us who we are.

It’s really hard not allowing yourself to be measured against something that you really want to achieve or do. I’m not sure where IBtP would be as a blog if I was trying to make it perfect all the time. There would be a lot less posts for sure. I probably wouldn’t really break through with the viewers or followers because you see each post like the one before it. I’m messy and sometimes erratic with my writing. Those are the best posts. I write what strikes me with the added ingredient of experiences. My stories aren’t perfect and at times don’t have a purpose. Those have been the ones that get the most views or likes. 

I think the best moment of perfection we can experience is when we do get to the finish line and we did it with out giving up our authentic selves. Perfectionism could change us into something we’re not suppose to be. Our verse and signature can be overwritten with to much focus on being perfect. Aren’t we all imperfect to begin with anyway? Imperfection grabs our attention the most and makes us curious.

When we do let go and worry less about perfection, it can feel so perfect in that moment. We have permission to experiment and try new things. We’re free to experience the journey with less anxiety. It’s pure and real. Just as we saw it before we allowed perfection to change it from something beautiful to something exhaustive. Keep the big picture or endgame a little unclear and less polished. Let it breath.

Practice perfection, but practice it in becoming who you’re meant to be in the work or life you’re gifted to be in the place to impact. Be messy. Be unkept. Be free. You can be incredibly creative in those moments when you just let go of trying to be so, well, perfect.

✌ Shawn

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