I promise that I will not strive for perfection

Last week I rejoined the Five Minute Friday blog group https://fiveminutefriday.com/2019/05/16/fmf-writing-prompt-link-up-promise/ and promised myself that I would not cheat this week, and time myself to write for five minutes only. Here goes.

Last Saturday I went on a course about Perfectionism, given by Chris Ledger, counsellor, author and speaker. She spoke of the damage we do ourselves when we allow driveness to take control of our lives. Making promises to ourselves that we will be perfect is damaging to our spirit. It can lead to anxiety, depression, OCD and eating disorders.

I make many promises to myself to finish my next novel by the end of May, to blog weekly, to practice my writing. These promises might bring me closer to excellence, but they also bring me out in a rash.

My new promises to myself are;

  • that I will catch those words – should, ought to, must, that I use to drive myself and others
  • I will focus on getting nearer to God rather than being perfect
  • I will adjust my expectations of myself in order to have a more balanced life style.

That’s it, time’s up! Now, how about listening to that new CD I bought.


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