“How might you live differently if you realized that what you have perceived as imperfections were actually part of your Soul’s plan for your life? I am aware, as I ponder this for my own life, that this is no simple question. Born with a deep inner desire for perfection, when I feel I don’t measure up to my own standards, I can drown myself in criticism—a criticism much harsher that anyone else would ever express. ‘
Am I alone in this self-criticism? I don’t think so. Could it be, however, that our inner desire for perfection is better understood as a compass pointing in the direction of our greatest good and towards an opportunity for personal growth? What if we were never meant be stymied by self-criticism or deterred by self-doubt? Here’s something you could try: When you feel a sudden disappointment in yourself—perhaps you’ve fallen short of your goal in some way or there an unintended outcome from something you did or said—stop before you fall into despair. Think to What a gift this is! I am now aware of what doesn’t work. I have more information with which to redirect my behavior and choose to act differently next time around.”
Dianne Eppler Adams, in “Conscious Footsteps”
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