Perfection Isn't Necessary
I don’t write much anymore. In the past, I had aspirations of being a writer or otherwise using writing in whatever I ended up doing. Since I had the idea to begin sharing our health journey on this blog, I’ve been hindered by fear that my writing will simply not be good enough. You see, in my life I personally know several people who are really good writers. Superb, should-be-published, excellent writers. Then online there are the thousands of people who are really good writers. There are also many people who self-publish books and really should have hired a proofreader, but I digress.
So I sit, hindered. Well-organized thoughts will hit me while I’m driving home from a store, or in the middle of a chore I can’t interrupt, but never while I sit at my computer. Words and ideas elude me.
But doing nothing because of the disease of perfectionism is completely contrary to the idea behind this blog! What if we apply the same fear to our health? What would that look like?
“I don’t have time to work out 2 hours a day and sculpt the perfect body, so I won’t exercise at all.”
“I don’t have the time or talent to always make perfect, from-scratch meals, so we’ll just eat fast food 5 nights a week.”
“I can’t afford to buy everything organic and fair-trade, so I’ll just buy the cheapest brands I can find.”
But what if we silenced that voice, that fear, that perfectionism and made positive changes in simple, practical ways. What if a simple dinner of spaghetti and salad was good enough? If you don’t have an hour to exercise, what if you settle for an after-dinner walk? What if doing a little research and deciding on a few healthier options at the grocery store was good enough?
And what if I ignore my fears and let the words that come to me be good enough?
My goal is to bless others by helping them be healthier, not to dazzle and impress with my writing. So if your goal is to bless yourself and your family with better health, not perfection, then you’re in the right place.
What are some of the fears and concerns that keep you from making healthier choices?