Stop Striving

We need to stop striving for perfection. Actually, we need to stop striving all together. We put so much pressure on ourselves to live seamless lives – always planning for the future and our perfect mission. What if we just lived? What if we ACTUALLY lived each day without expectation, as our true selves and stopped wondering what comes next?

There is a quote from Thich Naht Hanh that was shared with me during a savasana in my sister’s yoga class the other day that really struck me…

“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements of your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be.”

I haven’t stopped thinking about this ever since. Its clarity. How positive and powerful and raw. So simple and straightforward.

We weren’t offered the privilege of existence so we could constantly spend our time wishing for what we don’t have, but to live for what we do. To be present. To be thankful. To be.

You are in control.

Life has its complications, I get that. How boring would it be without them? You can choose to counteract those tricky times and deal with them as they come or you can choose to dwell and dwindle. No matter which way you swing it, there is no time for perfect. Perfect is pointless. You can’t put that kind of pressure on yourself. Perfection is a myth and one we need to stop striving for so often. We’re all human beings. Now it’s time to be humans BEing.

Live it up, B!

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