Life is so busy and the society and culture we live in today has incredibly high expectations regarding what makes a person worthy vs. unworthy. Sometimes it feels like no matter what we do or how much we do, it will never be good enough. There is always more and more to do. No matter how much we do, in the end we still fail to reach the cultural or societal standard of success.
I gave up expecting perfection a few years ago. I decided that I no longer wanted to be like everyone else, always striving for more; to be richer, thinner, prettier, popular, have the perfect family or the perfect marriage. Instead, I want to be a person who lives in peace and harmony. To do this, I had to let go of the expectations I had of myself and of others. I had to let go of the perfect life, the perfect relationships, the perfect family, the perfect body. After striving so long and so hard, I realized that there was no such thing as the perfect anything. Once I let go of this expectation, my life began to unfold and the things I was trying to change or control slowly fell into place. I still have hardships like everyone else, but there is a peace in the midst of the chaos. I still struggle in my relationships, my family, my work and in my head, but somewhere I learned to be okay with it. Life is a journey; an unperfect journey.
Let go of trying to control the outcome of life. Let it be and let it unfold. Embrace what there is to learn with each and every hardship in your life. Embrace the struggle and experience the peace that can come in the midst of the storm. Suffering does not last forever. It comes and goes like a wave in the ocean.
Peace and blessings,