Perfectionism is insecurity in disguise

Perfectionism

Striving to do your best…
And striving to do the best…

Are both different from perfectionism.

Perfectionism gets in the way.

It prevents you from starting…
It drives you to distraction…
It makes excuses…
It’s accompanied by harsh inner criticism…

The manipulative child-rearing methods common in our industrial societies…

Designed to create obedient and conforming citizens…
To tame the inherently savage nature of humans…

Have led many of us down this path to varying degrees.

In much of our early education, many of us learned we could never do anything right.  Or, that life is a zero sum game, and if I have enough then there might not be enough left for you.  Or, that the only way to “man up” is to tear others down.

And these teachings lead to insecurity and doubt within the individual.

But among the Diné (or Navajo Tribes), who are prized for the excellent rug weaving abilities, it is important to intentionally weave imperfections along the borders of the rug.

These “spirit lines,” known as ch’ihónit’i

Allow the rug weavers’ spirit, as it intertwines with the work, to safely exit the rug when it is completed.

Until next tmie,
Kevin