My mind was broiling over perfection today. Not that I had defined those thoughts that way, but I was. I had done something that I felt wasn't good enough. Now, a part of me realized it was but the critic had raised her ugly head and insisted it wasn't.

I had to run to town and when I returned I decided to turn on the TV. Channel 9- not my usual choice- I prefer a good sci-fi, mystery or chiller flick. But for some reason I stayed on this public broadcast channel. The speaker was good and she was talking about Authenticity.

She makes sense. Authenticity is a way of acting, it is a process of conscious decisions. These include:

~Perfection- it is armor to protect us from feeling judged and shame. We must be willing to be imperfect, to accept our imperfection.
~Vulnerability isn’t about shame- it is the door to love, gratitude, happiness, and joy. It takes courage to be vulnerable, it is a virtue.
~Boundary setting. We have to have the courage to set boundaries, to choose discomfort over resentment. Saying no is uncomfortable, don’t worry about resentment.
~We need to find a way to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.

Now I'm not typically a 'feel good pink joy joy bubble' kinda person. This self help junk, just doesn't usually get to me- it's why even though I know the founder of the Susan G. Koman 3 day breast cancer walk I have never done it. Just don't want to be 'that happy' with that many people. But she made sense to me today. The picture is from her site- here is the link. Brene Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought it was just me among other books. No affiliation- she just made sense today.

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