by Melissa Stewart
Don’t you love it when you hear something that triggers a “light bulb” or “aha” moment? I do! This weekend, while on a beach trip to ring in the new year, I had one of those moments. I was walking the beach and picking up shells. I picked up an almost perfect shell. As I held it up, I realized it had one tiny chip in the side and proclaimed “aw, it’s not whole” to which my companion responded “it’s whole enough” (with a grin) as he plucked it from my hands and added it to our collection.
Well hello! There I was making a big deal out of an itty bitty, possible flaw and he didn’t even notice!
So often we are over critical of ourselves or others. We nitpick every little flaw, weakness or supposed imperfection and don’t realize that we’re “whole enough” or perfect enough, or ready enough. I know I’m guilty of this and I know that “it’s whole enough” kept replaying in my head all weekend.
So here’s the challenge. This year, resolve to let go of perfection. Stop seeking permission and approval. Stop comparing yourself to others. This year, realize that you are WHOLE ENOUGH.
Melissa Stewart is a serial entrepreneur who has had a “home office” since age 5. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, addicted to coffee and eternally optimistic. Her latest project https://sheownsit.com/ is a site committed to empowering women entrepreneurs by offering resources, support and inspiration. @melissaonline