I love this quote. I found it recently by reading Brené Brown’s “The Gift of Imperfection.” She quotes E.E. Cummings and she talks about the need to be authentic and how we need to embrace who we are. She says:
Choosing authenticity means:
- Cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable;
- Exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and
- Nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.
She goes on by saying: “Authenticity demands Wholehearted living and loving—even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it.”
I love what she has to say regarding authenticity. It takes courage to own who we are, accept who we are and be okay with that.
It takes learning and practice. Sometimes, reading a book is not enough. If you experience perfectionism that is making you feel anxious and depressed, perhaps individual therapy can help you achieve your goals.
Remember, it’s important to be you. You will always be good enough!