Perfectionism

fancy shoes

“Perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

Perfectionism isn’t the virtue it claims to be. It’s just the same old fear of not being good enough hiding in a different costume.

Once you see through its disguise and learn that your worth has nothing to do with your performance, this harsh taskmaster will lose its power over you.

 

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Choose to soften

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~Pema Chödrön (from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)

Which will you choose? I hope you’ll choose to let life soften you. Not only does the world needs more kindness and openness, but you’ll also find greater happiness that way.

 

Adapted from an image originally created by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay

Understanding fear

“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

How often do you spend time observing and learning about your fear? What if learning to understand your fear gave you the freedom that all the attempts at running away from, controlling, or suppressing your fear have never delivered?

 

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