I slip into this new year without any desire to make a resolution of any sort. Instead of focusing on "fixing" myself, I feel a quiet appreciation for me (for both my good points and weaknesses), and my life (with its delights and its challenges).
Bless Patti Digh for reminding us that You are not broken. You don't need to be fixed. What if, as Patti asks, we focus on potential rather than flaws. She concludes her post with realization that 2009 was a fantastic year because she loved and was loved. Notice what she didn't say!
In the past 18 days since the new year began, I've been playing with imperfection as I try new things:
- I am learning Quick Books. I bought the software a year ago and finally installed it. Now that I have a new year of business expenses unfolding, I am open and eager to learn a better way of keeping my business books.
- I received an Ipod as a Christmas gift. I'm learning how to make playlists so that I can listen to what I want, no matter where I'm at.
- Yesterday I bought a "flip video" to use in our real estate investing business. I'm sure we will have a few laughs at our first attempts with using the video, but how cool this will be to have the ability to upload videos to our multiple websites!
- I'm stepping out of my comfort zone of what I am supposed to look like by updating my business wardrobe with some fun, and sophisticated pieces.
What I mention above focuses on external things. What I have a harder time articulating is the softer way I'm starting to hold myself inside. The way I'm easing up on myself internally. The times I can consciously slow down the mind chatter to lighten up. The ways I ratchet down the self-induced pressure to do, do, do.
Playing with imperfection becomes easier when I relax on the inside.
What are you playing with in this new year?
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