Reading Simply Tuesday while waiting at the DMV for a very long time today.
Section two of Simply Tuesday was so, so good. Words that my soul needed to hear and be reminded of.
I had trouble narrowing things down to just a handful of quotes to share.
“Effort toward excellence in my work can silently morph into effort toward perfection in my soul.”
That packs a punch! Striving for excellence is good, but if I start striving for perfectionism, praise, and to please people, I have missed the mark.
Here was another powerful quote: “When I’m performing for my own acceptance, burnout is always the result.”
If you’re feeling worn down and worn out, take a step back and examine if any of the exhaustion is a result of trying to earn someone else’s acceptance. Are you only saying “yes” to that opportunity because you want someone to like you? Are you only volunteering or sending that email or showing up for that event just so someone else will be impressed with you?
This is something I’m really working on in my own life. I want people to like me. I want people to think highly of me. And I don’t want to disappoint people.
But I just can’t do it all. I can’t even come close.
I’m really working on focusing on being wise, not awesome. For me, this means that I’m slowing down, streamlining, and stepping back. I’m doing less and resting more. I’m accomplishing less and sleeping more.
It feels less productive, but it’s restorative… and that’s what my soul and body need right now.
Two more quotes from this section I especially loved:
- “In my own life, I recognize my tendency to look over at the work of others rather than down at the work in front of me.”
- “The best way to sabotage my own success is to be obsessed with someone else’s.”
Did you read the second section of Simply Tuesday? If so, I’d love to hear what sections impacted you or challenged you. Tomorrow, we’ll read section 3 (pages 117-157).