Sunday, October 3, 2010
It's time we liberate ourselves.
Liberation from the Prison of Perfection frees us to love ourselves. When we shut out the Perfect Police, we see ourselves as we really are -- flawed but beautiful, imperfect but beloved. We give ourselves credit for the intent of our heart and the effort we put in, rather than focusing on the finished product.
Similarly, liberation frees us to love others. Accepting that those around us are also imperfect human beings allows us to not take offense when they make mistakes. It allows us to look deeper, to find the whole person rather than relying on appearances. Liberation frees us from feeling the need to sit in judgment of others. We know that they aren't perfect, but we also acknowledge that we aren't either, and we can make a conscious decision to leave judgment to the One to whom it truly belongs -- God.
Although it may seem paradoxical, liberation from the expectation of perfection frees us to improve ourselves and become what God wants us to be. If we let the Perfect Police constantly beat us down by telling us we'll never be good enough because we'll never reach our own impossible standard of perfection, how long will it take before we completely throw in the towel? But if instead we build ourselves up with the reassurance that we need only do our level best, and that no mistake is so big it will block our path forever, we can keep moving forward and getting up when we fall.
Perhaps most importantly, liberation frees us to feel gratitude. If we stop feeling bitter because our life isn't the uninterrupted perfect bliss we imagine it should be, we can feel gratitude to God for the countless blessings He gives us. If we stop belittling ourselves, we can feel gratitude for all the things we can do. If we stop judging others, we can feel gratitude for the efforts they put in and the intents of their hearts. Gratitude is the ultimate weapon against the voices of the Perfect Police.
It's time to free yourself from this prison of your own making. Tear down the walls you've built from unrealistic expectations. Tell the Perfect Police to take a hike. Enjoy the freedom to love yourself for who you are NOW and give yourself permission to become all that you can be, and you will be able to give others that same freedom. Free yourself to feel the joy of gratitude, and you will find peace even in imperfection.
Thank you for reading,
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