So I didn’t make the 30 posts in November. Oh well. It’s okay.
Sometimes we have the tendency to beat ourselves up over trivialities and we’ve got to stop. No good will come of it. Whether we’re upset about missing a couple of days posts, about gaining a pound or two over Thanksgiving, about a less than perfect test score, or some mistake from years ago that we can’t do anything about – perfectionism is not a good thing.
The best thing to do when you find yourself in a perfectionist fit is to get some perspective. Children are really helpful with this. You need to look at your situation through kid eyes.
Do you have to change anything in your routine? No? No big deal.
Do you have to fix your mistake? Great! Second chance.
You can’t fix your mistake? Oh, better move on then.
Somewhere along the way people lose perspective of what’s really important. We get caught up in the trivial details and obsess about the unimportant things in life. With the holidays coming my perfectionism kicks into overdrive. The house, tree, presents, food, clothing, photos… everything has got to be perfect! But that’s not really the case… I just forget it’s not the tangibles that make the holidays memorable, it’s the time. It’s not the appearance of the food, it’s the flavor. The imperfections will be quirky delights in years to come. They will be the memorable bits that make future holiday gatherings entertaining.
Have fun this holiday season. Relax. It’s supposed to be enjoyable and perfectionism is the only thing standing in your way!