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Ordinary Routines Can Become Extraordinary Rituals

rituals routines May 23, 2018

 

     The alarm clock is blaring and I awaken to another day. The muscles of my neck begin to relax as I move my head from side to side; my shoulders feel frozen as I force my arms to reach...stretching and yawning at the same time. I whisper my daily prayer and recite, “Amen.” Reaching for my glasses, I open my book to the day’s reading.

     I have long admired creative and professional people that accomplish wonderful things, some things that seemed impossible to my eyes. I learned early on to make an effort to learn about different people and their habits... I wanted to know how they operated their lives and achieved their goals...how they made things happen and what I could learn from them. In learning about others that have done what I’d like to do or those that inspire me to set goals and dream, they have become my mentors.

      It’s important to have mentors in your life. Some people are lucky...

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Recovering Perfectionist

Recovering Perfectionist

I am a recovering perfectionist. I believe there are different levels of perfectionism. I think I fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. I don’t participate in catastrophic thinking; the world won’t end if I don’t complete every single thing to perfection, but I have been known to criticize myself if things don’t live up to my expectations...I’m working on this. I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying that I refuse to accept any standard short of perfection, but my standards are pretty high. My standards have always been pretty high, yet I no longer expect perfection, but I do expect excellence.

 

We develop our standards during our childhood; our parents, teachers, coaches, and spiritual advisors teach us their expectations and we learn from our experiences by trying to live up to them or not. The lessons I’ve learned throughout the years have allowed me to reconstruct my standards and behaviors,...

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