Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Is it just me?

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Sometimes I feel absolutely overwhelmed with all the things I have to/want to do daily/weekly/monthly/yearly. I have to/need to/want to pray, take good care of myself and my family, spend quality time with DH and DD, spend time with family and friends, cook healthy and delicious meals, clean, organize, declutter, homeschool, learn new things, read, knit, make cards, exercise, go to church, travel, go to the cinema, go to museums, take DD to the park, do volunteer work, decorate... And the list goes on and on.
Someone once called me a perfectionist. I thought that person was completely mistaken. A perfectionist? Well, I had to go to the dictionary to see if I really knew what a perfectionist is. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English says that a perfectionist is: 1. person who believes that moral perfection may be attained, that it is possible to live without sinning; 2. (colloq) person who is satisfied with nothing less than what he thinks to be perfect.
Well, I surely know that we're not perfect but «I press on toward the goal. Maybe I'm a perfectionist because I'm never satisfied with what I'm doing. But when I feel like that, I sit quietly and pray. And I immediately stop feeling overwhelmed.
By the way, for those of you who cannot understand a word in Portuguese, the name of my blog, Prossigo para o alvo, means I press on toward the goal, and the description is Philippians 3:12-14.


Mari said...

No - it's not just you. I do that too! It's funny you told us the meaning of your blog name. I was thnking yesterday that I needed to ask you!

Pug1 said...

It took me a long time to realise that perfection on this side of heaven is not attainable. I still need to remind myself of that. Striving for it (I think) robs you of joy. That's the way it can be for me. I think it's a hard thing to shake....maybe because we're afraid of failure?? That's when I need to focus on Christ, He is my reality check...CHEERS! Michele

Sandra said...

No it's not just you :)

BECKY said...

We all feel like that from time to time Lara!

The important thing is to not stay thinking like that and praying is the best thing!!

I tend to seek perfection as well, but am learning to keep it all in perspective, and strive for balance instead!

Have a joyful day and thanks for sharing from your heart!

desorganizada said...

Nope! It happens to me too... a lot!!lol

Lulu said...

i feel the same way at times also Lara...
i love the scarf your lovely daughter is wearing...Came out so pretty..
take care,