"Lower your expectations." she told me.
|My first and my last.|
Although well meant and, in retrospect, rather suited to life working in government.
I prefer the poster hanging in the Reflection Room at Lawnton State School.
"A goal is a dream with a deadline."
(Have I mentioned how much I love this school?!)
|Traveling light! (And yes, I am missing one!)|
The fact that they are so high are also what make me feel like I can never accomplish enough, though and I like to think that this is what my Peace Corps liason was refering too.
So that the best advice so far is printed on a little placard (still packed up in a box somewhere behind the bar) given to me by my mother. Although I don't have to make this up, it fits nicely into the story, don't you think?!
"MAKE PEACE WITH IMPERFECTION."
|Andrew's camera. (Plight of the dolphin or the beauty of it?)|
I think we should stop and meditate on it.
Hourly on days that need it.
What it means is that I don't have to clean the entire house before I sit down to write, the way I used to be able to clean my entire apartment before sitting to study for an exam in vet school. Cathartic, yes. Necessary? Not if I ever want to get anything else done but clean the house.
What it means is that I have gone from needing to clean the entire house to being able to just focus on a room or two at a time. Which has, since the arrival of more and more kids, developed into just making sure the kitchen and bathroom meet basic standards of hygiene. And lately, just that the sink and toilet get done.
What it means is focusing on what's really important to me despite the clutter that is life.
|January 1, 2012|
And moving beyond it.
It doesn't mean not trying to end world hunger, but not letting it get you down when yet another natural disaster claims more innocent lives.
And, most likely because Aussies tend to like you for who you are instead of judge you for who you are not, it means you don't have to have the perfect household, car, job or children, to like yourself.
|Perfection at the Peace Pagoda in South Bank|
The nice thing is that this advice also allows you to forgive them for it and move on.
To forgive yourself for what you haven't done and focus on what you have.
If life really is, as I have said, in the big, fat, hairy painful struggle (or as Miley Cyrus has stated a bit more eloquently, it's the climb) I like that my high expectations can still be there, without bogging me down in the business of getting on with it.
|Reality at same said pagoda!|
And discover that life really is just fine the way it is.