My gift to myself this year is to read this book again. This book, Forget Perfect, was a lifesaver for me 10 years ago at a time when I was figuring out how to balance a growing family, aging parents and a husband’s equally challenging work/travel schedule with climbing my way up the corporate ladder
Written 10 years ago and still a top seller, Forget Perfect became an anthem for a generation of women and certainly helped me calm the feeling of crisis in my life. Author Lisa Earle McLeod was one of the first to spot the lunacy and exhaustion behind the “have it all, do it all” syndrome that working women/mothers/daughters/nieces/friends often fall prey to.
Yet despite the obvious wisdom of “forgetting perfection,” many of us still yearn to balance the numerous demands, expectations and to-do lists in the hope that one day all will be aligned … and maybe even perfect. You only need to look at The Huffington Post articles “8 Ways to Break Up With Perfection” and “Are You Living Your Dream … or Somebody Else’s?” to see that discussions about perfection are still very much alive and kicking.
Earlier in the year, our Women Powering Business blog examined women’s overuse of the word “sorry” and the female tendency to exhibit a “confidence gap.” Both of these topics weave into the illusory vision of perfection and underscore why so many women continue to search for a path leading to work/life balance … and a life that is a little more perfect. Which is exactly why I’ve decided to re-read Forget Perfect.
Forget Perfect is a smart and funny look at how trying to be perfect actually gets in the way of happiness and how letting go of being perfect means raising standards to live life to the fullest and appreciate the things that really matter.
My gift to myself is to relax and rejoice in the wonderful “mostly perfect” life that I have and share with my fabulous husband of 23 years, my terrific boys who are quickly growing up to be terrific young men, my outstanding co-workers and of course my supportive network of great friends.
As we transition to a new year, I hope you too can make some time to forget perfect and enjoy all in your life that is already “mostly perfect.”