I had mentioned a quote yesterday that has been resonating with me lately.
“I shall hold myself to a standard of GRACE, not perfection.”
Who is guilty of trying to be perfect? *raises hand*
Who only lets themselves down or stresses themselves out? *raises both hands*
I’ve held myself to this unrealistic level of perfectionism as long as I can remember. And when I started my photography business, I thought I had to be this perfect photographer and businesswoman. That was the way for people to trust me and my work, right?
Where am I in this equation? I’m NOT perfect. I never was, I never will be, and I’ll only give myself an ulcer if I continue trying to be. All I can be is my best. Do my best, give my best, and make the best of every situation. Take every victory and failure in stride and thank God for both, because I’ll grow from both.
Today, I was forced to put this into practice.
I was wrapping up my latest wedding, getting ready to meet up with the bride to give her photos and CD. I lay the gorgeous CD case in the box and my heart sinks. My eyes had rested on the wedding date – July 28, 2011.
They were married July 29, 2011.
Normally, I would have beat myself to a pulp for such a silly oversight, but instead, I took a breath, wrapped it up, went to my meeting and was open and honest. I explained my mistake and that I’d be ordering a replacement ASAP. And you know what? It was no big deal. She was thrilled with her photos, and she knew that she was being taken care of. I went away with no sweat lost and feeling confident with how I handled the situation. I felt happy with ME.
Hold yourself to a standard of grace, not perfection.