We walk a narrow path between excellence and perfection, and a slightly broader path between who we are and who we would be. Sometimes this is because of mental constraints or recordings that we replay in our heads that keep us locked down in a certain opinion of ourselves. And, sometimes it is because of new, or old physical constraints to our mobility and function.
As we talked about yesterday, in “Striving for Perfection,” the elusive goal of doing everything perfectly, or even as we once did, is a trap. It is the endless hamster wheel that keeps us reaching, and sometimes re-injuring ourselves to do what we simply can no longer.
Our lives continue to change. For me it was a back and shoulder injury that have altered my thinking about my career path. More importantly, it has forced me to sit with finding the resolution between who I was, who I thought I was in terms of the image I projected, and who I really am inside. What is inside is what we come face to face with when everything else breaks down or breaks apart. The stuff inside is what gets us to rise again. To become a veritable “new creation.”
I have talked in the past about trying to reclaim some balance in life. Physical changes have pressed me to get help with some of the heavier chores of housework, which I never enjoyed anyway. It has also changed how I get my own chores done. Next week, I will touch on this a little more.