Do you want to have it all? Do it all? Be it all? Even though we know in our hearts that this is impossible, sometimes unrealistic ideals silently tug at our thoughts. Think of all the messages we hear out there on how to get better, stronger, faster. The implication is that our potential is limitless.
Which it isn’t.
The very opposite holds: we are imperfect. Our abilities and energies are finite. Even our best intentions are muddled with quietly self-serving aspirations.
We need to be able to cut ourselves some serious slack from achieving perfection. That is not to say we can’t aim high – we can and we should. But we should keep our “realistic hats” on so that we don’t become defeated if we don’t hit our high note. We must balance the message to reach for the sky with the reality that our feet are earthbound.
We need to be able to give ourselves more margin.
What are some ways you can give yourself more margin everyday?
This week’s self-reflection: Do you keep yourself on a short leash? Or are you as forgiving, kind, and patient with your own imperfections as you are with others?
This week’s call to action: Look for areas in your life where you can create margin. Start low and go slow. Can you delegate a task to someone else? Can you complete a plan to the best of your ability, then let it go? Can you take baby steps and be satisfied? Extend to yourself the grace and margin that you so generously give to others around you.
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