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Imperfection

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of someone else’s life with perfection.” – Bhagavad Gita

I came across this quote this morning and I think it encompasses what I really need to hear sometimes. I think sometimes that we get caught up in what things should be, what our lives should look like, how our careers should progress, and what or who we should become in life.

When that happens, we feel and sometimes internalize the added stress that comes with it when we aren't executing this "plan" to perfection and we begin to doubt ourselves.

I did a bit of yoga this morning after having been away for a while. I focused on how my body felt, how intensely my limbs and muscles felt each stretch. I thought about my breathing, remembering to do it. It wasn't perfect. My hands couldn't touch in certain shoulder-relaxation poses the way the instructors did. I didn't feel graceful. It was all very imperfect. But afterwards, I felt that lingering gooeyness that comes after things have stretched out a bit, relaxed somewhat.

And that was what matters.

I don't have to live my life in a way that others deem perfect. I just have to live it in a way that brings me joy, and helps others find joy and happiness.



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