Nobody’s Perfect

For a holiday change of pace, let’s chat about being perfect.

First off, you don’t want to be perfect. We have some idea that perfection will make others look up to us. Not so. In all of history, there was one perfect man, and they killed him.

Second, you never want to think you’re perfect. You’re not, and all that strutting around alienates people, who return the favor by dancing on your head.

Accept who you are and be done with it. You have strengths, which pretty much define your path in life. And you have weaknesses so you know where not to spend your time.

The ability to accept yourself gives your health a big boost. It reduces stress, and less stress means more and better health.

By accepting yourself:
• You avoid the stress of trying to fit in by faking it. Pretense is hard on everybody’s nerves.

• You eliminate the stress of irrelevant self-criticism.

• You forbear the stress of people telling you how to live your life. Oh, they may still try, but confidence gives you the strength to follow your own plans and dreams.

Perhaps nobody ever told you that you’re a one-of-a-kind wonder, but you are. You were never meant to be a clone of anybody else.

Life is about being all we can be. No more, no less.

In this season of gift-giving, give yourself the gift of accepting that you’re good enough, right now. Yes, you may want to plan to be better tomorrow, but you start by accepting yourself where you are.

So, eat right, get a little exercise; take your vitamins, minerals and whatever other supplements you need; get plenty of sleep; and accept yourself. Better yet, love yourself.

When you accept yourself, you can accept others, too. And when you love yourself, you’ll also be able to love others.

Which adds up to a whole lot less stress.

Merry Christmas!

God is good,
Bette Dowdell