Monthly Archives: August 2009

Love Them Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Be good anyway.

Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People need help, but may attack you if you try to help them.
Help them anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

~Mother Teresa

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Paralyzed by Perfectionism

This post was originally published in The Homeschool Minute on December 20, 2006.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
-Phillipians 4:13

I have some friends who are amazingly organized. They have these awesome systems, checklists, and routines. On paper they have everything worked out and I admire that. And I wish that just a tad bit of that came to me naturally!

Unfortunately, I’m really lacking in that area. I struggle to figure out what I want to put on the checklist, what system would work best, and what would be a reasonable routine for my family. And just thinking about all of it makes me want to just go stick my head in the sand.

I’m learning though that it’s my perfectionism that holds me back. The perfectionist in me would just rather not even get started than to not be able to complete a task perfectly. And oh how Satan loves to tell me that I can’t handle all that I’ve been given!

Fortunately, I’m learning to recognize that big fat lie and the discouragement that comes with it. I’m refusing to be held captive by those thoughts and choosing instead to remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I’ve learned that if I can just start by doing one little thing, often the other things follow pretty well – whether that’s working on the laundry, decluttering a room, or tackling a special project. And that just doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

*Update: I blogged some follow up thoughts on this topic in this entry as well. Coming back to this topic and rereading what I had written has been really good for me. I think I had become a bit paralyzed by perfection about blogging. This might just help me to jump back in the bloggy waters again. Thanks for being patient with me!