Perfectionism is a natural part of my survival mechanism. I’ve created an image of myself that I think is “perfect” and would make me happy, and when I seem to achieve that image, I’m happy, and when I don’t, I’m unhappy. That image pervades work, play, all areas of my life.
It’s like I’m always asking, am I meeting my standards? Is my body good enough? Is my work good enough? Are my relationships good enough? Is my house clean enough? Am I doing enough? Am I perfect enough?
This creates a cycle of self-punishment that I’m no longer willing to endure. I’m willing to be happy!
In this willingness, I was inspired to write this prayer. I use it at work, at play, whenever I feel my old habits of perfectionism coming up. I hope that it is helpful to you in your life!