Perfectionism and the battle for enough

Assignment blog

So, tomorrow, I’m putting this assignment to bed. It’s long overdue, by anyone’s standards, but it’s been a tough 3 months, being all things to all people and working full-time. I’ve learnt a lot, not just about the history of garden design, the characteristics of plants, and the benefits of different materials, but also about myself.

I will always be a perfectionist, which can rob me of time during open deadlines, and while this has its drawbacks, it also has its benefits: I get to see and feel things deeply, not all of which is pleasant, but I also see beauty in glorious technicolour and pick up on details that may pass others by. It’s an inherent part of my makeup, which I’m constantly battling with.

And although my dear mother suffered the same ‘affliction’, she was a deep and beautiful soul, who left too soon, without ever realising her uniqueness, because she compared herself to others, and created that out-of-reach future self, which makes us feel that we’re never enough.

I’ve been and done more than enough, lately, and shown strength where I may have previously faltered. I’m trying to be the best version of me that I can be, even if I go down a few blind alleys and give myself a constant guilt trip about the house that I don’t have time to clean or the strong and inspirational father who I have to miss a weekend with to complete assignments or recover from a long week.

But, tomorrow, I’m having a ME day (after I’ve flicked the duster and brushed things under the sofa) and taking a Yoga for Anxiety workshop with Anna at Empower Yoga Birmingham, when I will be enough, more than enough, for one day at least.

Author: thechigardener

Channelling my chi energy, through the power of plants, and growing a healthy mind from the ground up.

4 thoughts on “Perfectionism and the battle for enough”

  1. Being active & doing so much can drain us dry of energy, I certainly know where you’re coming from there! It’s great though that you seem very aware of where you are at, so to speak, which shows good presence of mind. I hope you manage to find that all important balance. Best, Gary

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    1. Thanks, Gary! Yes, I’m quite wise to it, now, and hopefully have a strong sense of self, but I am as fallible as the next person. I think for me it’s important to be honest about how you are feeling, though, especially if there are no witnesses present. Things can creep up on us when life gets busy. So, it’s important to take a step back and review your response to any given situation. Best wishes, Darren

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