September signals the start of a new term. You commence with good intentions. You are conditioned into getting yourself smart again. The summer braids are painstakingly removed and exchanged for a crisp new crop. Flip-flopity hobbit feet are squished into shiny, clippity-cloppity brogues. And the desk, adorned with every possible piece of useless stationery you can think of, sits waiting, in an orderly fashion, like a good class: a manifestation of your internal preparedness. Perfect. You’re going to be on top of everything this year. Oh yes, you’ve got it sussed. This preparation malarkey.
Until week 2. When things start to unravel. A million and one things to do and remember. And you’re just not as prepared or smart or perfect, as you want to be. And the desk looks like you’ve been burgled.
Well good. Good for you. Because this is the time you start to realise that ‘perfection can be the enemy’. I read this statement in Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic’ this summer. And it was a revelation for me. There are tons of identifiable ponderings and anecdotes about living a creative life, but a few ideas stood out for me. In particular, ‘forget about aiming for perfection.’ Sometimes you need to settle for ‘making a start and getting it finished.’ I’m not talking about being careless or slap-dash. It’s just that often the pursuit of what you think is perfection, can paralyse us. It can be unobtainable. It can stop us sharing our creativity with others. It can stop us living a balanced life. It can lead to living too much in the head and not enough in the heart.
Which leads me onto another new concept I learned over summer: heartfulness. Have a read here – a short article from Psychologies magazine. Taking just 10 minutes a day out of your busy schedule to do some mindful meditation actually creates more time in your day, giving you clarity of thought and a ‘sanctuary from an over-taxed mind.’ But ‘heartfulness’ takes you further. I’ll let the article explain.
So, if you’re already feeling frazzelled, make time for yourself, accept that ‘good is good enough’ and possibly, book in for a relaxing treatment at Restore!