I don't post a ton of pictures of myself on my blog. There are criteria, you know. I have to look perfect, or near to it. If I don't, well then, you're not going to see that picture! But, I'm bucking up, and today I'm posting this picture, which I had Bria take while I was still in my pajamas and hadn't done my hair or brushed my teeth. I purposely sat next to the unfolded laundry pile that has been on my couch for two days. Today, I am protesting Perfection and I'm joining in Brene' Brown's Perfect Protest. .
When we were at the Chicago Symphony last weekend, I read the interview with the maestro that was in the program. I was incredibly struck by one thing he said and I couldn't stop thinking about it. So much so that I immediately posted it on my Facebook page and have been trying to call it to mind whenever I feel the anxiety about not having the perfect house or being the perfect wife and mother.
He was asked a question about how he felt when his orchestra didn't play perfectly, and his answer went like this:
"Perfection doesn't exist. And if you try to reach perfection for the sake of perfection, you are boring."
~Riccardo MutiThe last thing I want to be is boring. So if it's boring to have the laundry folded all of the time, then I'm totally okay with leaving it for a bit. I will not let laundry affect my self-worth (has anyone noticed that I seem to have major issues with laundry???). Or anything else that I do imperfectly. I am so much more than laundry and a clean house.
As I continue to ponder perfection, I have realized that there is perfection and then there is PERFECTION. One is a spiritual gift that we aspire to in the hereafter, and one is trying to do things perfectly in this life that have absolutely no bearing on our salvation. If I can get past the perfection problem here, it will free me up to better myself in the ways that really and truly matter: To develop charity, to have a relationship with my Father in Heaven and my Savior, to improve my God-given talents, to bring joy to my life and to the lives of others.
Somehow, I don't think laundry can help me achieve any of that.
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