This week is flying by so much so that I lost momentum and failed to post at 3pm today. Over the years I have learned to accept shortcomings as a fact of life and decided it is not a reason to quit, only to move beyond. This week my post is about how we find our way when we have not lived up to our own expectations.
I think we have all experienced a moment of disappointment with others, but also with ourselves. Many times the disappointment in ourselves is harder to accept since we tend to have high expectations of our own actions. As I have shared in past posts, I have had the luxury of helping others and it has afforded me opportunities to learn from my mistakes. I have found myself wanting to make everything perfect, but regularly coming up short and then beating myself up wondering how I could do it right the next time.
After several years of never getting it “perfect” I finally realized that most people you are helping don’t expect perfection, they only expect your concern and an experience that allows them to feel cared about. They generally aren’t going to miss a small detail and your constant obsession with perfection only generates disappointment and critical thinking within your own mind.
I have since decided that I am able to accept my own failures by focusing on how those I am serving feel about my assistance and my intentions during my tasks. Mahatma Gandhi once said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” of which I must agree because in your quest to help others you find those who have struggles similar or more complicated than your own.
Have an Enlightened Day