Thursday, 26 June 2014

Real beautiful

Some days there are so many revelations and insights that I don't know which one to write about. Or the story is so big that I think it'll take too long to tell - and I don't want to bore you. And sometimes I just want to share it all...but I feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

These past few days have been like that.

So rather than 'not post' because there's too much to post about, I've chosen to share this one quote I read that had quite an impact on me.

The issue of perfection is one I struggle with as you know. And it's been on my mind a lot this past week - how to shift the beliefs and habitual patterns that have me acting in judgemental and self-punishing ways.

I was sitting at the hair dressers, flicking through a magazine that had been left on the bench in front of me. I can't remember who said the words I am about to quote but I know it was a make-up artist. She was obviously talking about the wearing of make up but I took it as the beauty within.

"I don't like anything too perfect.
I think we're most beautiful
when we look real."
What struck me was the idea that beauty - true inner beauty - isn't perfection - it's being real.
Your true self.
The real you.
Honest. Vulnerable. Authentic.
When I read this quote my idea of perfection was again shattered - for the better.  I can honestly say that being real matters more to me than being perfect - whatever that is!
So I'm kicking perfection out the door for good - no more demanding unattainable ideals about myself or ridiculous expectations loaded with 'should'.
The crazy thing is that deep down I already believe that being authentic is more beautiful than being perfect - I've just always applied to others...never to myself.

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