What does perfection look like? I’ve decided that – for most of us – our understanding of perfection is usually defined by external things. We set standards based on the perceived flawlessness of things or people: They’re house is so perfect. His photography is unreal. Her abs are #goals. His lifestyle is everything. I am embarrassed to admit that my fight with perfection has not only kept me from executing things I know I am capable of, it has also molded my excuses.
I started Freely Mí four years ago. I have zero issues creating regular content from the heart, but so many stories, thoughts, photos and videos have gone unshared because I didn’t believe anyone would care. I told myself my work wasn’t worth sharing because it was amateurish compared to others out there. “Why bother competing for attention if I don’t deserve it?” I sacrificed the value of my potential because I didn’t think my work was perfect.
Below is a voice memo I left myself:
We go through life trying to live up to something – some kind of standard that we’ve set for ourselves. When we make mistakes, we rarely live up to our redemption – we hold on to resentments, regrets and guilt as confirmation of our inadequacies. We never meet the standard because we’re constantly raising the bar, and we can never achieve that redemption (inner-freedom) because we’re constantly convincing ourselves that we don’t deserve it, or we have to work for it.
The ironic thing is we don’t have to work to achieve the standard or the redemption. The highest standard is God’s will and complete redemption is God’s grace – both are free to the open hearted. In the end, if we’re measured by what we do with what we’re given, and we realize that what we’re given is unlimited power through faith, then there is nothing we can’t do. There is no more standard, because there is no ceiling.
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