Inspiring Others by How You Deal With Your Imperfections

I had just posted my letter to my mother on Mother’s Day, which included a reference to my shortcomings as a daughter that rendered me a far-from-perfect daughter.

The following meme that popped up on my Facebook feed on Friday prompted me to put together this brief post.  I love visuals, as visuals are effective tools for enhancing words’ meanings.

Here are some of the ways I make the most of my imperfections:

  • One of my key traits is stubbornness.  I turn that into persistence in getting things done, whether it be tasks at work or an event or trip I’m planning.
  • As I mentioned in my Mother’s Day letter, I sort of suck at cooking.  I’ve been slowly chipping away at my dislike for cooking by collecting recipes from friends and trying them as often as I can.  As they say, familiarity with the process leads to more confidence.
  • I have a major fear of public speaking, and chip away as I might with speech classes and book events, the fear is still there.  But not all advocates need to speak in public to get their message out. I’ve been using my written skills via blogging (and my book) as my way of speaking up and sharing my postpartum depression experience to help others avoid going down the same difficult path I went down in 2005.

 

You may have expectations to be perfect, or you believe others expect you to be perfect.

But you must know that, in reality, no one is perfect.  Not a single one.

Yet people are inspiring one another each and every day.

I hope I’m inspiring at least one person out there (especially perfectionists) to:

Reflect on their imperfections
And think of ways
To leverage both strengths and weaknesses,
To never give up,
To never be afraid to ask for help,
To use their voices to speak up,
To share their experiences to help others avoid going down the same difficult path,
To inspire others, and
To deal with their own imperfections.