I have such a struggle with the disease of
Does that mean that everything I do is perfect?
On the contrary.
It means that a lot of things get left undone because I don't have the time or skills to do them perfectly.
Take my housework for example. I used to put off a simple chore such as vacuuming until I had the time to pull out furniture and vacuum perfectly.
But thankfully I found Flyady and she gave me "permission" to vacuum just the middle of my floors.
I try to choose one room each week to detail-clean but all the other rooms get just a lick-and-a-promise.
And if I don't detail clean a room this week?
It will still be there next week.
Thank you Flylady!
But my perfectionism didn't stop with my house. It spilled over into my health. I posted lately about my struggle with the They Says.
Then I found this eye-opening book:
|Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health |
by Susan M. Love, M.D. and Alice D. Domar, PH. D.
No one can follow ALL the "rules," and no one knows if these rules would keep us perfectly healthy anyway.
I learned that eight hours of sleep is not the perfect amount for everyone. I probably won't die from sleep deprivation if I have a toss-and-turn night once in a while.
The "rules" on the issues of stress, health screenings, nutrition, and relationships are also looked at and brought down to more livable standards.
Oh, and the title of my favorite chapter?
It's Not Religion, It's Just Exercise
While taking this close-up look at my life, I'm amazed at the huge role that perfectionism plays in it. It touches almost everything I do: cooking, cleaning, art, piano, blogging, teaching, loving...In short; Living.
So instead of looking at myself critically through this magnifying glass today, I'm going to try to see my reflection through the eyes of Christ as He gazes on me. He knows I'm not perfect, but He loves me anyway.
Am I the only one that struggles with perfectionism?
I would love to hear how others deal with it.
Leave a comment.
We can learn from each other.
You never know who you might help.
~ Sherry ~