Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Work of Becoming Yourself



"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen


I found this quote on Flickr thanks to Rivendell Photography next to her photo of a fence with a warped board careening from post to post.  It reminded me of the battle between trying to believe that you're perfect and being at home with the fact that you're not.  Being at home where you are, that's the challenge according to Anna.

And how do we work on becoming ourselves? Perhaps first acknowledging our dark divots of imperfection. Perhaps finding out what God created us to be good at and doing that. Perhaps blooming where we're planted.  Perhaps asking God to show us the next step. So many different ways to do it.  The thing is to start and keep starting so that we don't stop. It takes awhile to become the best you that no one else can be.

2 comments:

Gerardine Baugh said...

Beautiful post! I followed your link to your article written on August 3rd, “Dark Divots of Imperfection” Those wooden steps are amazing. I love the feel of antiques; they hold the essence of the people who came before us.
Time is so short.
Have a great day!
Gerardine

Jennifer said...

Geraldine, thank you! Never thought of antiques that way - thanks for the insight! Have a great day! Jennifer