What a great reminder for me… to love ME enough to let myself off the hook! Not only do I not have to be perfect (in work and home) all the time but sometimes, being perfect is the thing that holds me back. It’s easy to get caught up in the quest for perfection and deny all the parts of ourselves that we judge to be embarrassing, useless, or unlovable. When in fact, it is those very things that make us human and allow others to connect with us, often leading to our most meaningful relationships.
Have you read Eat Pray Love? If so, then you’ll know it is this very idea that Liz writes about at the end. I’m not going to spoil if for you if you haven’t read it but if you have read it and have any desire to read my complete emotional purge, feel free to read “Ria’s Bali” on Blue Sky! What I learned from the experience of loving myself enough to accept my “shadow side” is exactly what I also shared with John, “When I let myself “breathe,” people breathed with me… like they were all holding their breath around me because I was ‘so in control,’ that they didn’t feel comfortable being themselves either.”
The idea of Wabi sabi, “perfection in imperfection” is what resonates with me today.
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