Commit to Imperfection

As we near the end of the year, if you’re like me, you start to think about and welcome the clean slate of a new year. For me, 2016 was filled with intensity and the unexpected, so I am ready for 2017.

Before I can start fresh, there are some things I need to process and set free. I come from the corporate world, where reviewing "lessons learned" has always been an important part of closing any project. In my new world I like to think of this process as an “inventory and release”. What have I learned this year and what do I need to release?

If you look up the definition of release, you’ll find: “to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude.” Where am I restrained and confined? What am I in servitude to? Wow. Lots of things. My fears, my drive for perfection, my desire to make others happy. As I sit here considering what is confining me, I can see that all of these things restrain me in some way. What if this year I could commit to fearlessness and imperfection. Just writing down a commitment to imperfection sounds scary AND sort of beguiling. What if I could just show up and do my best and let others be good enough doing their best? What if I could be in service to my higher self and the greatness of others instead of in servitude to my “shoulds.”

That sounds pretty good to me. I think I’ll start there.

See you on your mat,