Wonder, the Antidote to Perfectionism
"We depend on nature not only for our physical survival, but also to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.” -Eckhart Tolle
Yesterday evening, as I made my way home after another marathon day of virtual training, I spotted a herd of elk near our house.
This was my first sighting of the year, concretely marking the return of spring.
I pulled over to watch them and laughed when I realized that Keb' Mo's "Life is Beautiful" was coming through the speakers.
So cliché. So cosmic. So needed.
My struggle with perfectionism is real, and it can lead to a lot of negative thinking.
I have a propensity to get caught up in the details of life, and can become overwhelmed by the things that seem to be falling short. It's a punishing space to occupy, and one I've spent a bit too much time in recently.
Sitting there, enjoying a deep sense of freedom from the prison of my perfectionist mind, I realized I was experiencing wonder.
And I remembered that wonder is the only real antidote for perfectionism.
Wonder reminds us that we're stardust. It reminds us of how remarkable and strange the experience of life is. It reminds us of how little we actually know, and of how fleeting it all is.
And those reminders have the power to snap us right out of perfectionist thinking if we allow.
We likely derive wonder from different sources, but nature has always been the most powerful for me, so I'm sharing some photos from the many Wonder-Full experiences I've been blessed with this year.
Perhaps these will inspire you to find a little wonder of your own.