My last post talked about my twenty-year journey as a woman of faith. It has had its full of ups and downs, fits and starts, good times and bad. Fortunately, no matter how much hardship I endured, how much I questioned God, how hard I raged, I never really stopped believing in something bigger than me. I just couldn’t always agree with the image of God that had been offered to me as a child, teen, and young adult. I had to find God on my own.
I am a horrible Christian. I have started and stopped going to church numerous times in the last two decades. I have strayed from my commitment to leading a “Christian life” on more than one occasion. When I look back over the last twenty years, I see numerous times when I wondered off the path I had chosen.
I have been working on letting go of perfectionism for several months now. It is forcing me to prioritize my weekly schedule and daily to do list. When I sit down every Sunday evening, I ask myself,
What must happen this week?
By delegating certain tasks, I make more room for pleasure and creativity. Here’s what I am anticipating this week:
Delegating is a big part of my letting go of perfectionism—and learning how to flourish. I have hired an administrative assistant to take care of a lot of the paperwork involved in running two businesses. She does a lot of typing and data entry, so I can focus on my students and clients.
There also are times when others help me create more room in my schedule. Monday was a good example:
It is going to be an AMAZING week. I have so many wonderful things to anticipate, including:
In my quest to battle the winter blues, I have been reading a book about cultivating greater happiness. The focus for January was anticipation.
In February, I will practice smiling. Apparently my body creates endorphins and other hormones simply by turning my frowns upside down. So, my goal is one smile--and a genuine laugh--every single day. Let's see if it works!
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.