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Being Happy

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

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Hello Motivation Seekers, how did your week go?  Did you manage to spread some kindness?  Being a giver, gives back to you and is such a feel good.  I hope it’s working for you.

I love the quote that I found about happiness.  Perfectionism is one of the main things that holds back your happiness.  Having to strive to be the best and always get things just so and be perfect, really takes it’s tolls on us.  I have a perfectionist tendency, and it seems to be a constant struggle, but I’m getting there.  It’s about finding the right balance.  Wanting to be the best you can be, but doing it in a self caring, accepting and loving way to yourself.  Accepting that you won’t always get it right.  There will always be times when you stuff up.  Those are the times, that you want to acknowledge that you are human and you have tried your best.

When it comes to parenting, this perfectionism really kicks in.  We all want the very best for our children and want to do all in our power to make life wonderful for them, with us always saying, doing, being the right way for them.  We need to give that up.  We will never, ever be able to be the perfect parent – there is no such thing.  All we can do is be the best we can be and be loving and having our very best intentions at heart.

Giving up being a perfectionist is not about giving up doing well, it’s about accepting ourselves and not judging ourselves too harshly.  It’s especially about not judging and comparing ourselves to others.  Social Media is a minefield for this.  We see so many happy families, looking like they are living perfect lives and it can lead us to real discontent about ourselves.  We see others, living seemingly happy lives effortlessly and we ask ourselves what’s wrong with us?

There is nothing wrong with us.  Everything is perfect as it is, just lower your expectations, try your best and don’t judge yourself or others.  Living in the present moment, being happy now and grateful for what you have is the road to happiness.  Let’s all take that road and feel good about ourselves, our world and our place in it.  Have a fantastic week.