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Declare PEACE {with yourself!}~ 4 Ways To Find Contentment While Striving For The Best ‘You’

I’m an idealist and a perfectionist.  This can be both good and bad.  At best, it generates a desire within me to push towards excellence, and to never be satisfied with the mediocrity my own laziness would inevitably create.  At worst, it leaves me unsatisfied and discontent.  Unable to appreciate what I have in the moment, I’m left continuously chasing the ‘elusive butterfly of perfection’.

I once heard someone say, “There’s always someone out there better than you; prettier, smarter,  a better writer/singer/artist, ect.”  Harsh? Maybe.  Reality?  Yes, but also freeing.  You see, when grasped, this leaves us the space within our own heads to break the bondage of ‘comparison,’ and realize that all we really can be is the best version of ourselves possible.

4 ways to find contentment while striving for your best

  • Find what you love, what ignites passion within you ~ then…DO THAT
  • Focus on your best attributes ~ the wonderful/weird/spectacular mess that’s ‘you’~
  • STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS {that person you envy for *insert any reason*?….they’re wishing they had *insert any longing*, and round and round it goes~
  • Know you are ‘fearfully (awesomely)  and wonderfully made’, there is now and will only ever be one you~

Easier said then done?  You bet it is.  I write this to myself as much as I write it to you.  It’s a continuous process.  Especially so when chronic illness has insinuated itself into our lives.  There are so many areas of my life I’m grinding at on a regular basis, that thanks to FMS/CFS/ME, can be a disheartening ‘one step forward, two steps back’.

But there is no such thing as a static position.  We are always moving in one direction or the otherGiving up, is the only other option, and that is true defeat.  As long as we keep trying, regardless of how many countless times we fail, we can have the hope that change will come.

'From the mud and mire, beauty rises'~

‘From the mud and mire, beauty rises’~

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    February 14 at 1:39 pm

    Kristine, this is such a great reminder. I hate that I can’t do all the things I did before the AI illness, and my biggest issue is comparing me before with me now. I have to stop that. I will never be that person again and I have to figure out how to be the best version of the new me that I can. As I move farther into life with the disease, it gets easier. I still miss and mourn the old me, I just have to learn to congratulate the new version more than I miss the old! xx
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      kristine
      February 14 at 6:06 pm

      So true Nikki! Just think of all the ways you’ve been shaped by hardship that would never have been possible without it. That’s what I do, and it definitely helps! PLUS you’re AWESOME 🙂

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    Deborah Davis
    February 15 at 8:20 pm

    I truly agree that “As long as we keep trying, regardless of how many countless times we fail, we can have the hope that change will come.” Thank you for these uplifting thoughts! They stimulate meaningful reflection and strengthen us! Thanks for sharing your gems with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I appreciate it. I’m also pinning and sharing this!
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      kristine
      February 15 at 8:50 pm

      Always my pleasure and honor Deborah! Than YOU for your weekly Blog Hops! 🙂

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      kristine
      February 21 at 12:41 pm

      Hey there Deborah! SO SORRY for the delay in replying to your comment. It was re-routed to a different folder, trying to fix this now. Anyway, I agree, and thank you so much as always! 🙂

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