Pushing Beyond Perfectionism Leads To Peace

03 April 2017 Written by 

This was once one of my major character flaws. I demanded it of myself and attempted to put it on my children as well. Not fun at all, for me or for anyone around me.

I was always pushing to do it better, not allowing myself to accept less than what I approved of.

This perfectionism is just another "ism" I have had to deal with in my life. My ability to let go of obsessive perfectionism reveals a home that is more comfortable and inviting. My home reflects the loosening of my inward perfectionism. I am quite often heard to say, "It's good enough," instead of fussing and obsessing to death every detail. This is new behavior for me.

I actually delight in now being able to say, "It's good enough!" Saying those words makes me smile from the inside out. Another "ism" has now given way to relaxation and freedom in my life.

Obsessive behavior is crazy-making behavior. I can embrace a new way of living that focuses on the inward state of my heart rather than the outward work of my hands.

The inner work I do is reflected in my outer life; lighter, calmer, more flexible and tolerant. I keep moving forward toward these goals as I continue to do my inner work.

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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