Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. (Henry Van Dyke)By Phoebe HardingWe know that standards of perfection and best are ever changing, and yet we hold ourselves and others to these malleable, superficial, unreasonable standards.
We limit ourselves, silently shame others when they don’t also limit themselves. We don’t embrace diversity or extend compassion when our “perfection” meters trill.
Perfectionism as we currently understand it is a misanthropic, divisive, and arbitrary non-necessity.As a child I learned quickly that if I couldn’t do something perfectly, I should not even try it, lest I suffer jeers of humiliation from my parent and peers.Read more on hoffmaninstitute.org